INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - If you forget to use your seat belts in May, there's a good chance a police officer will stop you to issue a reminder.
The "Click It or Ticket" campaign is underway and continues through Memorial Day weekend. State police say "highly visible patrols" by officers from several departments will be watching for unrestrained passengers, both children and adults.
The enforcement includes day and night patrols. They also say they'll check occupants in front and back seats for compliance with the state's seat belt law.
Overtime incurred by the officers is paid for by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"It is absolutely heartbreaking to see the aftermath of a crash where a fatality could have been prevented by wearing a seat-belt," said ISP Lt. Jeffrey Payne. "Click It or Ticket is more than an enforcement campaign, it is an educational effort to increase seat-belt use and decrease fatal crashes."
State police offered reminders on how to properly "buckle up":
- Secure the lap belt across your hips and pelvis, below your stomach.
- Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and rib cage, away from your neck.
- Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.
If your seat belt doesn’t fit you, or you have an older car with lap belts only, ask your dealer or vehicle manufacturer about seat-belt adjusters, extenders or retrofits.