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Seat belt enforcement, Clickit or Ticket, to begin

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Indiana State Police Putnamville District, along with other Indiana State Police districts across the state, will participate in Indiana's 2012 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement, which will begin Friday, May 18.

The national mobilization will take place throughout the Memorial Day holiday period and is supported by thousands of law enforcement agencies and traffic safety advocates across the country.

In Indiana, more than 250 law enforcement agencies will conduct special patrols -- day and night, to identify and ticket unrestrained motorists.

The effort will conclude June 3.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2010 nationally, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in vehicle crashes overnight (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.), were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, compared to 42 percent during daytime hours.

In Indiana, there were 3,322 crashes involving unrestrained drivers/occupants in 2011 and 202 fatalities involving unrestrained drivers/occupants.

In 2011, the Putnamville District had 5,917 crashes, which resulted in 1,044 injuries and 26 fatalities.

Of the 26 fatalities, four were unrestrained, nine were restrained, and seven were unknown if restraint was used.

The remaining six were motorcycle related fatalities.

Just last year in Indiana, 1,024 people were ejected from their motor vehicles due to being unrestrained.

Nationwide, younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA data shows among teen and young adult passenger vehicle occupants in 2010, ages 18-34 who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash -- the highest percentage of any age group.

The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.

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