Adams County Traffic Safety Partnership issues citations, arrests
Over 24 days, Adams County TSP
issued 195 citations and made 16 arrests as part of the national “Click It or Ticket”
mobilization. Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up.
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, highly visible traffic patrols were supported with federal traffic-safety
funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
“We enforce seat belts and other traffic laws to protect the
lives of our community members on the road,” said local law-enforcement
leaders. “With the summer travel season now underway, remember to always buckle
up – every trip, every time – and use a sober driver.”
Don’t be a statistic
Hoosiers are more likely to suffer property damage, injuries or
death in a traffic crash than be a victim of burglary, violent crime or murder,
respectively. And the small number of Hoosier motorists (6.6 percent) who still
don’t buckle up make up more than half of roadway deaths.
Male drivers, particularly those age 15-44, are the least
likely to be buckled during a crash. Injury rates among unrestrained motorists
are also higher:
- In rural counties,
- When a driver is speeding or
- On weekend nights between 11
p.m. and 4 a.m.
More seat-belt statistics are at www.in.gov/cji/files/Seat_Belt_Fact_Sheet2018.pdf.
Buckle up for your
Don’t just buckle up for yourself; think about your friends
and family. During a crash, unrestrained passengers can become projectiles that
injure or kill others in the car.
Parents who don’t buckle themselves up are more likely to
have unbuckled kids. That means one ticket for the driver and one for each unrestrained
child under 16.
Traffic crashes are a leading killer of children ages 1 to
13. The back seat is the safest place for children under 13 to ride.
Indiana law requires all children under age 8 to be properly
restrained in child car seat or booster seat.
What is the best way to reduce your chances of injury or
death? Buckle up! Below are tips for proper seat-belt use:
- Secure the lap belt across your
hips and pelvis, below your stomach.
- Place the shoulder belt across
the middle of your chest and rib cage, away from your neck.
- Never put the shoulder belt
behind your back or under an arm.
- If your seat belt doesn’t fit
you, or you have an older car with lap belts only, ask your dealer or
vehicle manufacturer about seat-belt adjusters, extenders or retrofits.