More than half of the citations issued by patrolmen from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department during a recent “Click It or Ticket” blitz were for seatbelt violations. The stepped-up enforcement took place between May 9th and June 1st and concentrated on seatbelt and child safety seat violations. Patrolmen issued a total of 70 tickets, and 37 were for seatbelt violations. They also handed out 13 speeding tickets and made three criminal misdemeanor and one criminal felony arrest.
A higher volume of traffic will be hitting the roads this Memorial Day holiday. Be aware that the police will be patrolling the highways for drivers who may be impaired, following too closely or may be unrestrained.
Indiana State Police officers and 249 other law enforcement agencies in the state are in the midst of the Click it or Ticket campaign. This enforcement focuses on seat belt usage and will be in full effect this weekend. It continues until June 1.
More than 250 law enforcement agencies in Indiana will conduct special controls to identify and ticket unrestrained drivers and passengers. The focus will be on the Memorial Day weekend.
According to Captain Tom Health, 201 citations and 168 warnings were issued. Police issued 145 of those citations for seat belt violations, two were for child restraint violations, 21 were for speeding and 27 were for various other offenses.
This nationwide effort is supported by thousands of law enforcement agencies and traffic safety organizations across the country. More than 250 law enforcement agencies in Indiana alone will be conducting special patrols as they cite unrestrained motorists through June 2.
Several police agencies in the state, including the Starke County Traffic Safety Partnership and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, are participating in the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement blitz until June 3.
Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer says his department will be out in full force.
“Traditionally, Memorial Day weekend is a busy weekend for motorists,” explained Gayer. “It is a law in Indiana to wear your seat belt. The officers get paid by the federal government on their days off to go out and try to enforce the seat belt law more rigorously than they would normally do during the normal course of their duties just because it is a busy holiday.”
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.
Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and Knox and North Judson Police Departments will be participating in the “Click it or Ticket” campaign beginning May 18th through June 3rd.
This blitz, coordinated by the Indiana Governor’s Council on Impaired or Dangerous Driving, allows officers to patrol during this seat belt enforcement period. All drivers and passengers are encouraged to wear their seat belts at all times in a motor vehicle. If you don’t wear your seat belt, you will receive a traffic citation. No warnings will be given.
Seatbelt patrols throughout Marshall County have been stepped up since April 20th, as part of the state’s Rural Demonstration Project. State police officials have announced their participation in the annual effort, which aims to increase seat belt use by motorists in rural counties with the highest percentage of unrestrained fatalities.
The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says 64 percent of the state’s overall traffic fatalities occurred on rural roadways in 2011. In an effort to reduce that number, about 24 law enforcement agencies throughout the state, along with the Indiana State Police, will participate in the project that runs through May 17. Participating agencies will be tasked with looking out for unrestrained motorists in any vehicle, including pickup trucks.
The Indiana State Police, including the Lowell District troopers that cover Starke, Pulaski, Lake, Porter, Newton and Jasper Counties, will be joining 250 other law enforcement agencies in the state in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities by participating in the Operation Pull Over, Blitz 67, “Click it or Ticket” campaign. Troopers are able to perform extra patrols during the Memorial Day holiday travel period thanks to federal funds.