FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Police across the state are participating in an enforcement campaign watching for people not wearing seatbelts.
The Indiana State Police said the Click it or Ticket campaign is taking place throughout May. During this campaign, police conduct high visibility patrols looking for unrestrained passengers in cars and trucks.
Under Indiana law, the driver and all passengers are required to wear seat belts. Children under age eight must be properly restrained in child car seat or booster seat.
Police say only 6.6 percent of Indiana residents do not wear seat belts. This is below the national average of 10.4 percent. That saying, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute shows unrestrained motorists make up 53 percent of traffic deaths.
“It is absolutely heartbreaking to see the aftermath of a crash where a fatality could have been prevented by wearing a seat-belt,” said Fort Wayne District Commander Lieutenant Corey Culler. “Click It or Ticket is more than an enforcement campaign, it is an educational effort to increase seat-belt use and decrease fatal crashes.”
Overtime police patrols for the campaign are paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.