State Police crack down on seat belt use, illegal parking

Seat Belt Enforcement

The Thanksgiving Day holiday, Nov. 23, marks the start of the holiday season. Illinois’ two agencies that deal with traffic safety are encouraging and warning motorists to “click it or ticket.” Thousands of additional travelers will be on Illinois roads and highways over the next few weeks.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are promoting the annual campaign to increase seat belt use. IDOT and ISP are partnering with more than 150 law enforcement agencies across the state to increase police patrols and checkpoints. The extra enforcement effort began Nov. 17 and continues through Nov. 27. According to IDOT, not wearing a seat belt drastically increases the occupant's risk of being injured or killed in the event of a crash.

Disability Parking Enforcement

The holiday season also brings out holiday shoppers and once again this year, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office announced it will conduct statewide parking “stings.” Secretary of State Police will target drivers who illegally park in spaces reserved for persons with disabilities. Penalties for parking in an accessible parking space without a disability placard or license plates include fines of up to $350. Drivers caught misusing a placard face driver’s license suspensions and fines of $600. Penalties increase for subsequent offenses.

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