As motorists take
to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, Chesterton Police Lt. David Lohse is
urging everyone to buckle up, because Indiana’s 2014 Click It or Ticket seat
belt enforcement effort begins Friday, May 9.
mobilization is supported by thousands of law enforcement agencies and
traffic safety advocates across the country. In Indiana alone, more than 250
law enforcement agencies will conduct special patrols--day and night--to
identify and ticket unrestrained motorists. The effort ends on Sunday, June
“As we kick off the
busy summer driving season, it’s important that everyone buckles up every
trip, every time, both day and night,” Lohse said. “No excuses. Our officers
are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing their seat belt.”
In 2012, NHTSA
statistics show that 21,667 vehicle occupants were killed in crashes
nationwide--and 48 percent were not wearing seat belts at the time of the
nighttime drivers are less likely to buckle up compared to daytime drivers.
A total of 10,480 vehicle occupants was killed in traffic accidents at night
(6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) in 2012. Of those, 55 percent were not wearing seat
belts (compared to 41 percent of occupants killed during daytime hours of 6
a.m. to 5:59 p.m.).
“Clearly there is
more work to be done,” Lohse said. “Although Indiana’s current seat belt
usage rate is 93.7 percent, there remains a significant number of drivers
who are at an increased risk for death or injury because they still fail to
buckle up on a regular basis.”
of the 114,102 vehicle occupants who were killed on our roadways from
2008-2012 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal
crashes, according to NHTSA. Wearing a seat belt is the single most
effective way to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
“Click It or
Ticket” is an annual enforcement effort that is supported by federal Highway
Safety funding awarded to more than 250 Indiana law enforcement agencies
from ICJI’s Traffic Safety division. Indiana’s enforcement mobilization is
reinforced by paid, statewide advertising, combined with targeted public
outreach efforts aimed at promoting the life-saving benefits of regular seat
belt use to all motorists.