Plainfield Police Issue Nearly 100 Seat Belt Tickets, Make DUI Arrests During Memorial Day Crackdown

IDOT-funded enforcement also netted child seat citations, drug arrests.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
From May 9 to 26, Plainfield police and agencies statewide conducted an IDOT-supported enforcement to remind motorists to buckle up both day and night during the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization. 

The Plainfield Police Department joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois in this annual effort to get more motorists to buckle up, in the front and back seat - and save more lives. 

During the crackdown, Plainfield police issued the following citations, along with making arrests:

  • 97 seat belt citations
  • 9 child safety seat citations 
    4 DUI arrests
  • 6 suspended/revoked licenses
  • 23 uninsured motorist citations
  • 26 speeding citations
  • 6 drug arrests
  • 14 illegal use of cell phone citations
  • 25 other citations

The annual Click It or Ticket mobilization may be over in Plainfield, police said in a  press release, but that is no excuse to stop using your seat belt; officers are out all year long.  If you or your passengers in the front seat or back seat are caught not wearing a seat belt, day or night, you will be issued a citation, police said.

joe May 30, 2014 at 01:13 PM
No, because helmets are only DOT tested to sustain a crash at 7MPH. Helmets deter peripheral vision, and some full helmets block out important sounds. The body of a human involved in a cycle crash is protected by nothing. The human riding in a car is protected by air bags, seat belts, and a lot of metal around them. It's up to the individual rider if they feel safer wearing a helmet. I think they are worthless, and the only thing they might do is make you look better in a casket. Riding a bike is a risk, take it or leave it. It's called "choice."
George May 30, 2014 at 02:26 PM
@Joe, you say helmets are worthless, while that's your opinion and I respect it, I have to disagree. I've ridden motorcycles for over 45 years with and without helmets (both open and full faced). I've also have spent a fair amount of time on the race track and crashed a few times. I wear a full face helmet (with ear plugs) and other protective gear whenever I ride. I can hear things a lot better than with no helmet and the wind whistling in my ears. My daughter, friends, and I have had major damage inflicted upon our helmets and other protective gear without receiving major damage to our bodies or heads. As an example, a couple of years ago while riding (~70 mph) on an expressway a friend was passing a semi when one of the tires on the truck blew out. Mike was hit in the head with a large chunk of tire and went down. He was able to walk away with just some minor road rash on one knee. He needed a new helmet and other gear but they had done their jobs very well. I have witnessed and/or experienced other incidents with similar outcomes. You're absolutely correct that riding a motorcycle is risky. And that wearing a helmet and protective gear won't save a rider in every crash. It's just like wearing a seatbelt and having airbags won't garuntee your survival in a car crash. But in my opinion, they certain help tip the odds of survival in your favor. Ride safe!
Vicky Polito May 30, 2014 at 06:45 PM
I'm surprised that that many people don't fasten their seat belts. It's like a reflex anymore, not just mere muscle memory. I think I've maybe 10 times in 25 years gotten three doors down from my house and realized that I somehow hadn't fastened it yet. At which point I pull over, put on the hazards, and fasten that seat belt before moving on with my day.
joe May 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM
You make a lot of good points George, and like you, I've also ridden since the days of the tank shifters on Harleys. I think the conversations about helmets will go on forever. BTW, my wife and I do wear them for those long highway rides to keep the bugs our of our faces as well as the sting of rain. Ride safe. BTW in case you didn't know this, take the square of your tire pressure and X's it by 9 for your hydroplaning speed on those very wet roads. IE my TP is 36 and the square root of 36 is 6. 6X9+54. 54MPH is the speed that your tire will not compress the stand water, or water from heavy rain causing loss of control and braking. As a retired commercial pilot, this is what was used to figure out our hydroplaning speeds when the runways were not grooved. If standing rain water will keep a MD-80's wheels from making ground contact, guess what it will do to a 800lb Harley? Take care.
Ericus Alanas May 31, 2014 at 07:49 PM
joe, helmets reduce the risk of head injury by around 69% and death by around 42%. Enjoy your choice, I for one am glad more people take the warning label off items before use.


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