Illinois kicks off "Click it or Ticket" program just in time for Memorial day weekend

By WEEK Producer

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 9:47 PM CDT

ILLINOIS -- The Memorial Day weekend is less than two weeks away, and the state police promise to be watching over the roads.

The Illinois Department of Transportation kicked off this year's "Click it or Ticket" program on Monday.

The program is held during active holiday weekends, to help encourage drivers to play it safe on the roads.

Illinois State troopers and local law enforcers will be out during the holiday weekend to enforce seat belt laws.

"So please as we get into the summer season, do what it takes to make yourself safe on our roadways. Don't drive distracted, put away the potable devices, the mobile devices. Don't drive impaired, don't speed, obey all traffic laws and the bottom line is buckle up, every trip, every time, no matter where you are at in the vehicle," said IDOT Secretary, Ann Schneider.

Over the past five years over half of the fatal accidents in Illinois occurred when someone was not wearing a seat belt.