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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.