Officers to take part in seat belt campaign

Local law enforcement taking part in national Click It or Ticket program to promote safety

Local police officers and sheriff’s deputies will participate in an annual enforcement program to promote safety on roadways as part of the national Click It or Ticket program.

Starting next week through June 4, police officers will conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up. More than 50 Johnson County police officers will participate.

Indiana police will join officers from across the eastern half of the U.S. in the “Border to Border” program May 22. During Border to Border, from 4 to 8 p.m., officers will conduct even more coordinated surveillance to deliver a zero tolerance message to motorists that they must be buckled up — or receive a ticket.

Officers will work overtime to conduct seat belt patrols around the clock. In 2015, there were 818 fatalities on Indiana roadways. Of those fatalities, 33 percent of the people were not restrained, according to a statement.

Click It or Ticket is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Johnson County Law Enforcement Coalition from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.