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Indiana State Police Increase Patrols Throughout May

The Indiana State Police is increasing its patrols through the end of May as part of a nationwide "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

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State police are increase patrols during the heavy travel season in May.

Beginning this weekend, Hoosiers can expect to see more police on the roads looking for motorists not wearing their seat belts.

“Click It or Ticket” patrols run nationwide through the end of May to coincide, in part, with the heavy travel of Memorial Day weekend.

In Indiana, 250 state and local law enforcement agencies will participate, running extra patrols day and night.

Indiana State Police spokesman Rich Myers says ensuring people wear seat belts is important because studies have shown it increases the rate of survival by 50 percent, while also helping reduce the chances of serious injury.

He says writing a lot of tickets won’t necessarily be the only goal – just the increased presence can have an impact:

“Someone is pulling out of a parking lot, sees you in that vehicle – it’s an automatic reminder.  I don’t know many times I’ve seen people reach up and reach for that seat belt,” Myers says.

Myers says officers during the campaign will have a zero tolerance policy towards violators.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    One of the reasons that they do this locally around this time is because there is less traffic because of the hugely smaller number of students on campus. My take is that they will have some roadblocks checking in places where you would least expect it and also if they spot you they can pull you over much more quickly. So I always buckle up during this period without fail. My position is that if I am completely sober and capable of driving my vehicle in an orderly and lawful manner, and I am alone in the car, I should be able to choose whether to wear the belt or not. The only person I am potentially hurting is myself. If I have a passenger, everybody buckles up.Passive restraint systems are more than adequate for low-speed impacts in preventing serious injury. However, I always use belts when I am traveling at highway speeds for any extended time. The potential for catastrophic fatal injury is much higher on the highway than in a low-speed city driving situation. Anyway, this is a case where the government has overreached into my personal decisions that do not affect others.

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