Focus on Nighttime Enforcement During Most Dangerous Times
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced their plans to heighten enforcement efforts leading up and through the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Hundreds more safety belt enforcement zones and other patrols are planned over the historically and heavily-traveled holiday weekend. In addition, IDOT also launched a new Click It or Ticket public service announcement to further remind motorists the importance of buckling up.
“IDOT consistently and proactively wants all motorists to be well informed of safe driving practices, including always driving sober and buckling up every trip, every time, and in every seat,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Even with last year’s front seat all-time safety belt usage record near 93 percent, our long-standing partnership with law enforcement further solidifies the crystal clear message to motorists to Click It or Ticket both day and night.”
The increase in enforcement has one goal – to save lives during the Memorial Day weekend. Over the past three years, Illinois has seen record lows with regard to vehicle-related fatalities. Enforcement will place a special focus on nighttime activities. Data continues to show that nighttime, from midnight to 6 a.m., is a particularly dangerous time to be on Illinois roadways with more instances of alcohol-related crashes and safety belts less likely to be used. Law enforcement also will be paying particular attention to enforcing the new safety belt law that requires all occupants to buckle up, no matter their seating position.
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The Genoa Chamber of Commerce, in their continuing efforts to bring AMTRAK service through Genoa, is now asking DeKalb County residents to raise their voices loudly as a show of regional support to IDOT and AMTRAK. As you may know, Belvidere and Rockford business leaders are lobbying hard and campaigning to have the rail service go through Belvidere and NOT Genoa.
AMTRAK’s own study showed the best route would come through Genoa, providing service to much of DeKalb County, including the campus of Northern Illinois University, Western Kane County and parts of Boone County. This would significantly and positively impact all of our communities. AMTRAK and/or IDOT will make their decision within the next couple of months based in part on where the most regional support appears to originate.
In an effort to show their support, the Genoa Chamber of Commerce has provided an opportunity for DeKalb County residents to sign a petition to have AMTRAK come through Genoa. Please go to the new website: GO TO SITE and click on the link “Sign Petition Today” to sign your name. Remember to click on the link in the email to verify your signature.
In addition, there is a link to facebook so you can share with your facebook friends to have them sign the petition, a hard copy of the petition that can be printed out and kept at your place of business to gather signatures, and contact information to let your local and state representatives as well as leaders of IDOT, AMTRAK and other agencies know your opinion. Please feel free to post the website GO TO SITE on your website, in your stores, on your homepage and on your facebook. The Chamber’s goal is to exceed 5,000 signatures by August 31, 2009.
Now is the time to show the state the power and unity of DeKalb County! If you have any questions please call Bonnie Hanson, Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director at 815-784-2212 or Joe Misurelli at 815-784-2327, ext. 223.