Traffic Safety Campaigns
Buckle Up Illinois
Occupant Protection is a priority emphasis area of the Illinois SHSP. Wearing a safety belt and being belted in a properly installed child safety seat can significantly reduce the potential severity of a crash and increase the chances of surviving a crash. IDOT's occupant protection programs are designed to ensure that drivers and occupants are aware of the importance of using safety belts, how to use them properly, and how to protect children using appropriate child passenger protection devices, particularly in air bag-equipped vehicles. IDOT works with safety partners to implement these programs. To learn more, please view the Buckle up Illinois website.
Impaired Driving is a priority emphasis area of the Illinois SHSP. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs effects a motorist’s judgment and ability to operate their vehicle safely. The objective of IDOT's Alcohol Awareness Program and initiative is to keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. Fewer impaired drivers means fewer crashes, therefore resulting in fewer injuries and deaths. To learn more and to partner with us, please visit the Drive Sober Illinois website.
Drop it and Drive
With the increased use of technological devices available today, distracted driving has become a serious issue. The United States Department of Transportation’s, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that driver distraction from all sources contributes to 25 percent of all law enforcement reported traffic crashes. With the growing trend of severe crashes related to distracted driving and the focus on eliminating fatal and serious injury crashes, IDOT has worked with state legislators and law enforcement officials to establish distracted driving laws that ban texting and the use of hand-held mobile devices while driving on Illinois roadways. The law does make exceptions for hands-free devices, including those with headsets. Further, it is illegal for drivers to talk on a cell phone while driving through a highway construction work zone or school zone. To learn more, please visit the Drop It and Drive website.