Seat-belt usage focus of Operation Pullover

Officers with Seymour Police Department recently participated in Operation Pullover, Blitz 81.

This blitz period, titled “Safe Family Travel,” was before Thanksgiving and had a primary focus of seat belt enforcement.

Operation Pullover is federally funded through a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, and officers are paid with federal grant money to work this traffic enforcement initiative.

During this blitz, Seymour officers worked 27½ hours, conducted 81 traffic stops and issued 84 citations, Capt. Carl Lamb said.

Eighty of the 84 citations were for drivers or passengers who were not wearing their seat belts.

A post-enforcement seat belt survey was conducted, and it showed 97 percent of pickup drivers were wearing seat belts, and 99 percent of passenger car and sport utility vehicle drivers were wearing seat belts.

Normally, there is an increase in seat belt compliance after an enforcement period, Lamb said.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.