Indiana State Police Troopers announced their involvement in a seat belt enforcement blitz that begins May 18.
This national mobilization will take place over the Memorial Day holiday when more than 250 law enforcement agencies will conduct special seat belt patrols, day and night, and will identify and ticket unrestrained motorists and passengers. The blitz will end June 3.
“Click It or Ticket” has been credited with increasing Indiana’s seat belt usage rate from 63 percent in 1995 to an observed usage rate of 93 percent in 2011. In 2011, 3322 crashes occurred that involved unrestrained motorists and passengers and 202 fatalities. Police say statistics show wearing your seat belt increases your chances of surviving a crash by more than 50 percent.