Kankakee County Sheriff issued the following announcement on Nov. 23.
This Thanksgiving, be thankful for your seat belt:
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For many, that means traveling to spend the holiday with friends and family. I want to remind everyone that no matter how far you're driving this Thanksgiving - whether it's down the road to a friend's house, across town to pick up a pumpkin pie or hundreds of miles to see a relative - your seat belt is your best defense in case of a crash.
It is well known that Thanksgiving weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year. While more cars on the road means the potential for more accidents, most traffic fatalities are preventable.
The Illinois Department of Transportation reports that 15 motor vehicle crash fatalities occurred in Illinois over the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Five of the 15 deaths occurred in crashes that involved at least one driver who had been drinking.
That is why the Kankakee County Sheriff's Office is joining safety advocates nationwide to spread the message about the importance of seat belts and sober driving. Many Illinoisans know of at least one person who has been killed in a crash, but too many still think it can't happen to them.
This Thanksgiving, make a conscious effort to ensure the safety of yourself and your family. Remember to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Click It or Ticket." We want all drivers and passengers, front or back seat, to buckle up, day or night. If you're traveling with children, remember that they are required to ride in a child safety seat until at least the age of 8 in Illinois. Because seat belts are designed to fit adult bodies, advocates recommend that children use child safety seats until they reach maximum height and weight limits.
My Thanksgiving wish this year is that everyone will realize the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seat belt and driving sober. In less time than it takes you to slice that pie, pass the gravy or call someone to say "Happy Thanksgiving," you can take action that is powerful, smart and effective. You can buckle up. You can drive sober. You'll be thankful that you did.
-Michael D. Downey
Sheriff, Kankakee County
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Source: Kankakee County Sheriff