Moline police remind residents to fasten their seat belts over the Thanksgiving holiday period or run the risk of receiving a ticket.

Police will be out in force as part of this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign, making sure road trips are as safe as possible.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois has a 93.6 percent daytime safety belt usage rate but too many drivers and passengers still do not buckle up. In Illinois, during the Thanksgiving holiday period in 2011, eight vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Four of those deaths involved a drinking driver and more than 800 individuals were injured in crashes.

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Research has shown that when lap and shoulder belts are used properly, the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent.

For more information about the Click It or Ticket and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns, visit buckleupillinois.org.