Police stepping up seat belt enforcement in November
Decatur County, IN. Decatur County Traffic Safety Partnership (TSP) will be increasing seat belt enforcement patrols now through the end of November as part of the national Click It or Ticket mobilization. The Greensburg Police Department, Decatur County Sheriffs Office, and St. Paul Police Department will be joined by more than 250 law enforcement agencies around the state that will be working overtime to reduce motor vehicle deaths and injuries in Indiana.
The patrols are supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
Over the years, weve had a number of incidents where someone wasnt wearing their seat belt and was either injured or ejected that could have been prevented, said Chief Brendon Bridges. Buckling up matters. It saves lives and is your best defense against injury or death. Dont skip this simple step and pay for it later.
Last year, out of the total number of motorists involved in passenger vehicle crashes, 90 percent were wearing a seat belt. Despite this, unrestrained motorists accounted for over half of all vehicle fatalities in 2019 (308 out of 565), according to data from the criminal justice institute.
Drivers under the age 34, particularly young male drivers, were more likely to be found not wearing a seat belt. Additionally, individuals not buckled up in crashes were three times more likely to get injured when the driver was speeding and seven times more likely when the driver was impaired.
Indiana has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to stop and cite drivers and passengers for failing to wear a seat belt. Drivers can also be cited for each unbuckled passenger under the age of 16.
Every time you go somewhere in a vehicle, whether youre a driver or passenger, you should always wear a seat belt, said Devon McDonald, ICJI Executive Director. Not only is it the law, but its the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself on the road.
When it comes to seat belt safety, the department recommends making sure the lap belt is properly secured across the hip and pelvis, below the stomach. The shoulder belt should be positioned across the middle of the chest and away from the neck never behind the back or under an arm.
If the seat belt doesnt fit, or the car is older and only has lap belts, ask the car dealer or vehicle manufacturer about seat belt adjusters, extenders or retrofits.
Additionally, children under eight must be properly restrained in a federally approved child or booster seat. Parents and caregivers can choose the safest car seat for their child by visiting TheRightSeat.com, or to find a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician, who can inspect and assist with the installation of a car seat, visit www.childseat.in.gov.
To learn more about Greensburg Police Department, please visit: https://www.cityofgreensburg.com/police/