April 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

Click it or Ticket campaign underway

By Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department-

Press release

The Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office is participating in the national and statewide 2016 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization through May 30th.

Local deputies will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.

"Whether driving or riding, staying safe on the road begins with wearing your seatbelt," said Capt. Brandon Slate. "Our participation in this campaign is a great way to increase that conversation with the public, while driving home this message with enforcement. We will be out in full patrols and if we see you unbelted, we will pull you over."

Click It or Ticket is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to Bartholomew County Sheriff's Office from the Traffic Safety division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. Bartholomew County Deputies and Columbus Police Officers will work overtime to conduct seat belt patrols around the clock. According to ICJI, in 2015, there were 818 fatalities on Indiana roadways. Of those fatalities, 33 percent were unrestrained.

"The more we explain the importance of seat belt use, the more we see drivers and their passengers buckling up," said ICJI Director Dave Murtaugh. "This campaign is about the importance of wearing your seat belt, and I am thankful for all those involved."

Indiana law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in the Click It or Ticket campaign for over 20 years. In addition, for 2016, Indiana agencies will join those from across the Eastern half of the United States in a combined "Border to Border" mobilization. On May 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. this shared increased blitz will drive home the zero tolerance message, that no matter what state you're in, driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket.[[In-content Ad]]