“Click It or Ticket” Blitz Begins Friday
By Mike Perleberg
(Versailles, Ind.) – Police across Indiana will participate in the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign starting Friday, May 9.
The enforcement blitz targeting drivers and passengers not utilizing their seat belts will continue through June 1. Locals are getting a jump on the national “Click It or Ticket” mobilization that begins May 19.
Among the 250 participating state and local agencies are the Indiana State Police and the Franklin and Ripley Counties Traffic Safety Partnership. Also the Dearborn County Traffic Safety Partnership, which is made up of the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department as well as police departments from Lawrenceburg, Greendale, Aurora, and Dillsboro.
“Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season, and we want to ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safe and sound,” says Batesville Police Lt. Doug Wolfer. “If you are not wearing your seat belt, you will be ticketed.”
In addition to the heightened patrols, citizens will notice statewide advertising and public outreach efforts.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says wearing a seat belt increases a passenger’s chances of surviving a crash by 50 percent.
According to new data released from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities are up nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts. NHTSA data also details how more traffic vehicle deaths occur at night. In 2012, 61 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed during the nighttime hours of 6:00 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. were not wearing their seat belts.
“We are determined to help bring these numbers down,” said Lawrenceburg Police Lt. Brian Miller “There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented if people took the simple step of wearing their seat belt . We will be handing out tickets year-round to those who still haven’t gotten the message.”