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Click It or Ticket: Obey traffic laws - Illinois state police are on watch

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Memorial Day weekend is eleven days away. Illinois state police are putting the word out: They'll be watching you closely. From intoxicated drivers to not wearing a seat belt, disobeying the law can be deadly.

State police ratcheted up the public awareness campaign in advance of Memorial Day weekend, when millions of Americans take to the road. The holiday is the unofficial start of the summer vacation driving season.

Partnering with the Department of Public Transportation, officers spread the word to be responsible every time drivers get behind the wheel - and the same goes for passengers. No drinking, no texting and always wear your seat belt.

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A young man named Tyler recently got into his car and asked his girlfriend to buckle up, which she did. But for some unknown reason, he did not fasten his own safety belt. It cost Tyler his life.

Tyler's grieving parents told his story at a press conference for the public awareness campaign on Monday, and encouraged other drivers to be safe when they drive, so that they do not suffer a similar loss.

"My son always said, seat belts - made everyone put it on. He did that day, when his girlfriend was with him. He told her to put it on. She put hers on and she's still here," Tyler's mother said. "For whatever reason, my son forgot to put his on, and five minutes later he was gone."

"Everyone is vulnerable when motorists ignore traffic laws, which causes tragic consequences," an Illinois state trooper said. "Our goal is to reduce fatalities, enforce safety belt compliance, remove impaired drivers from our roadway, and stop speeders and distracted drivers before tragedy strikes."

State police said the young males 18-34 represented one-third of the fatalities last year on Illinois highways and roads.

They also said that the choice is yours. They do want you to do the right thing.

Buckle up and don't drive impaired. Doing so could cost you lots of money - and in Tyler's case, it could cost you your life.

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