Extra patrols will focus on seat belt use

The Indiana State Police, Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and Warren Police Department are participating in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement program.

The three agencies will conduct high-visibility patrols through June 4 to encourage drivers and passengers to buckle up. Officers will work overtime to conduct seat belt patrols around the clock.

Indiana agencies will join with agencies across the eastern half of the United States for a “border to border” patrol on May 22 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Any driver or passenger found to be unbelted will receive a ticket.

“Wearing your seat belt, either as a driver or passenger, is the essential beginning for staying safe on the road,” says Huntington County Chief Deputy Chris Newton. “If you are unbelted, we will pull you over.”

The Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says that 36 percent of the 827 people killed on Indiana roads in 2016 were unrestrained.

The patrols are supported by federal funding.