Driving Safely This Holiday Season

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CHAMPAIGN- Champaign Police and safety officials are reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Champaign Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Their goal is to save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt usage and impaired driving laws. 

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved nearly twelve-thousand lives nationwide in 2011. The Illinois Department of Transportation says that nearly ninety-four percent of Illinois drivers wear safety belts during the day time. However, too many drivers and passengers still do not buckle up, especially late at night. Last year in Illinois during the Thanksgiving holiday, nine vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle crashes. Three of those deaths involved alcohol. For more information about the "Click it or Ticket" and "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaigns, visit buckleupillinois.org.

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