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Police from the Illinois Quad Cities and the Illinois Department of Transportation will have a news conference Tuesday morning to promote their Click It or Ticket campaign.

The event starts at 10 a.m. and will feature a speaker whose story police say people will want to hear.

QCA mother Melissa Ledezma will speak about the pain of losing her son Tyler in an accident in 2010. Police say the accident happened in 2010. The teen was driving without a seat belt on, got into a single-car accident and died when a seat belt likely would have saved his life.

Police and his mother say they want to prevent another family from suffering the same, preventable, loss.

Through Memorial Day in Illinois and through June 1 in Iowa, police say they will be out in full force, watching for people who area’t wearing seat belts.

“Many people think our handcuffs are the worst thing that can possibly happen to somebody,” said Illinois State Trooper Jason Wilson. “We can tell you otherwise -- that the worst thing that happens is we knock on someone's door on a random day … and we change somebody's life forever.”

Along with people not wearing seat belts, Wilson said police will also be on the lookout for people who are speeding and driving while impaired or distracted. Wilson calls the list of offenses the “fatal four” because one of the issues is involved in nearly every crash law enforcement handles.

And while many argue it should be their choice to wear or not wear their seat belt, Trooper Wilson says otherwise.

“Tell that to your family,” Trooper Wilson said. “Because that's what we really want to get out there. When someone dies in a crash, it's not the person that's been killed that's truly affected by that tragedy, it's the family.”

Wilson also said people without seat belts on can injure others in the car. For example, he said if an accident happens at 20 mph and there is a 200 lb person in the backseat, that person turns into a 4,000 lb force object.

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