Hamilton County Click It or Ticket blitz to start Friday

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The Hamilton County Traffic Partnership announced today it will participate in 2017's Click It or Ticket campaign taking place May 12 through June 4.

The partnership is made up of law enforcement agencies including police departments from Carmel, Cicero, Fishers, Noblesville, and Westfield, along with the Hamilton County Sherriff's Office and assistance from the Indiana State Police.

Click It or Ticket is an annual effort to remind drivers and passengers to wear seatbelts. During the campaign, officers will conduct high-visibility patrols around the clock.

“Wearing your seat belt, either as a driver or passenger, is the essential beginning for staying safe on the road,” said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen.

According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), 827 people died on Indiana roadways in 2016. Of those, 36 percent were not buckled up.

"We will continue to spread the message of how crucial seat belt use is in saving lives and reducing injuries, ” said Dave Murtaugh, ICJI director.

Indiana law enforcement officers have participated in Click It or Ticket for more than 20 years. In addition to the effort this year, Indiana agencies will participate in a "Border to Border" campaign May 22 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Officers will join other agencies in the eastern half of the United States in promoting seatbelt safety, handing out tickets to all drivers and passengers who aren't buckled up.