6/13/2018 12:39:00 PM Sheriff reports on its Click It.Ticket program
Over 24 days, The Jennings County Sheriff's Office issued 249 citations and made five arrests as part of the 2018 Click It or Ticket mobilization. More than 230 Indiana law-enforcement agencies joined thousands across the nation to enforce seat-belt laws in cars and trucks, for both children and adults, in the front seat and back, both day and night. The overtime, high-visibility traffic patrols were supported with federal traffic-safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). While many TV shows focus on violent-crime investigations, first responders actually see more traffic crashes. You are more likely to have a property damage crash and be injured or killed in a traffic crash than be a victim of burglary, violent crime or murder, respectively. "Enforcement of traffic laws intends to prevent the crashes, injuries and deaths that impact our community," said Sheriff Gary M. Driver. "With the summer travel season fully underway, police urge motorists to buckle up ñ every trip, every time ñ and to use a sober driver." 2018 marks 30 years since Indianaís seat-belt law began, and Indiana has participated in Click It or Ticket for more than 20 years. Since that time, Indiana-along with 34 other states-has enacted a primary seat-belt law, meaning that police can pull you over for being unbuckled. From 2000 to 2017, the Purdue University Center for Road Safety says that seat-belt usage increased from 62 to 93 percent, beating the most recent national average of 90.1 percent. Indiana has made great progress through stronger laws and highly-visible enforcement, but the small percentage who still donít buckle up make up nearly half of those killed on our roadways. In 2016, there were 10,428 unbuckled motorists killed in crashes in the United States. Seat belts were estimated to save an additional 14,668 lives. Pickup trucks and SUVs feel safer because they are larger and sit higher to the road. But don't let that lure you into a false sense of security!