QUINCY -- The Quincy Police Department is partnering with the Illinois Department of Transportation to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket.
The national seat belt enforcement campaign will take place through May 30. Officers will be enforcing seat-belt and car-seat use to keep motorists safe.
"Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up," Deputy Police Chief Doug VanderMaiden said. "It's such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic response when you get into a vehicle."
The most recent crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 43 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained. That percentage increases to 57 percent when just looking at crashes that occur between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. That's why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach, writing citations day and night. Motorists caught not buckled up will be ticketed, and those caught driving impaired will be arrested.
"Seat belts save lives, and every vehicle occupant -- front seat and back, child and adult -- needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time," VanderMaiden said.
For more information on the Click It or Ticket mobilization, visit buckleupillinois.org.