TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)–Indiana State Police and 250 other law enforcement will be enforcing state seatbelt laws starting Nov. 9. It’s a part of their Click It or Ticket initiative.
Their goal is to decrease the amount of motor vehicle accident deaths and injuries by increasing patrols.
Under Indiana law, officers are allowed to cite drivers and passengers not wearing a seatbelt. Drivers may also receive a citation for passengers under the age of 16 for not wearing a seatbelt.
Sgt. Matt Ames, Public Information Officer for Indiana State Police, said it’s important to make sure your seatbelt is fastened before driving.
“Seatbelts are a very important mechanism that help keep you from getting you involved in a personal injury or fatal accident. It’s going to keep you stationary and it’s going to keep you in the vehicle and allow you to be thrown around. It only takes three seconds to to put a seatbelt on. Take the three seconds to put the seatbelt on.”
ISP said those not buckled up in crashes were 3 times more likely to get injured when the driver was speeding and 7 times more likely when the driver was impaired.