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|Traffic Stops Help Keep Galesburg Drivers Safe
|FIRST REPORTED 3:00pm 11/18/09 They may not realize it at the time, but when law enforcement issues tickets for people not wearing their seatbelt, they are really trying to keep you safe and keep you alive.
Members of multiple agencies including the Illinois State Police, Knox County Sheriff's Department and the Galesburg Police Department were on the lookout Tuesday morning for people who were not in compliance with the state seatbelt laws.
Officials from the Illinois State Police say there have been 14 fatal crashes in District 7 which encompasses Henry, Knox, Mercer and Rock Island Counties. Of those, five have occurred in Knox County with three of the motorists not wearing a seatbelt.
Galesburg Police Officer Maurice Johnson tells WGIL people use all kind of excuses to try and get out of the ticket.
"I just got into my car, it hurts my neck, I wasn't going that fast - those are some of the most common ones."
Johnson tells WGIL he has simple advice for all drivers.
"Wear your seatbelt. It saves lives, and it saves you a ticket."
That seatbelt ticket will cost motorists $55, but could include more tickets after you are stopped for the violation. Infractions such as no proof of insurance, an expired license or expired registration tickets could also be issued.
It wasn't too hard to find people who were not wearing their seatbelts. Johnson issued about ten tickets in the nearly two hour span including three in a matter of less than 15 minutes of actual drive time.
Galesburg Chief of Police David Christensen says Tuesday morning's Cooperative Agency Seatbelt Enforcement resulted in 54 seatbelt violations and 61 total citations written.
(Galesburg Police stop a motorist Tuesday Morning along Henderson Street for not wearing a seatbelt. The GPD and other agencies took part in a Cooperative Agency Seatbelt Enforcement detail in order to keep motorists safe.)
(Galesburg Police Officer Maurice Johnson speaks with a driver who was accused of not wearing a seatbelt during Tuesday's Cooperative Agency Seatbelt Enforcement detail in Galesburg.)
Officials from agencies involved in Tuesday's Cooperative Agency Seatbelt Enforcement detail in Galesburg explain why this is such an important operation. Pictured left to right are Illinois State Police Trooper Jason Wilson, Knox County Sheriff David Clague, and Galesburg Chief of Police David Christensen.)
(News story and photos by WGIL's Dominic Fortini)
|11 17 09 by Newsroom
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