Seat belt safety check yields 33 citations, one arrest

By Audrey Williams

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- State and local police are reminders motorists to be safe on the roads this holiday weekend and always.

Wednesday afternoon police kicked off the increased enforcement with seat belt roadside safety checks.

At the check on Jefferson Avenue in Peoria, officers issued 33 citations, 6 warnings and made one warrant arrest in roughly two hours.

Police are asking motorists to slow down and use extreme caution if you see a safety check or any emergency vehicle on the side of the road. In the last six months, two troopers and a firefighter have been killed along Illinois' interstates.

"We always want to remind everybody that if they see an emergency or maintenance vehicle stopped along the side of the road with its lights on, they have to get over in the other lane. If they can't get over in the other lane or if there is not another lane they have to slow way down. These are all very big tragedies for all of us and we do not want to see these repeated," said Trooper Dustin Pierce.

Last year in State Police District 8, which includes Marshall, Peoria, Stark, Tazewell and Woodford Counties, there were 28 vehicle fatalities. Fourteen of those were from Memorial Day to Labor Day and a majority involved impaired drivers.

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