Police: Enforcement campaign nets results

The Seymour Police Department recently announced the completion of the national and statewide 2017 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization campaign.

During the 24-day enforcement period, 33 tickets for lack of seat belt usage within the city of Seymour were written.

“Seat belts simply save lives,” Chief Bill Abbott said. “The importance of wearing your seat belt is a priority, and this campaign expresses this message as well as making it a yearlong reminder for all drivers and their occupants.”

During this blitz, Seymour officers made four criminal arrests that included a felony operating while intoxicated arrest and a felony warrant arrest.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016, 90.1 percent of drivers and passengers across the nation were wearing seat belts. Additionally, NHTSA statistics show in 2015 alone, seat belts saved an estimated 13,941 lives nationwide.

In 2016 in Indiana, seat belt usage was 92.4 percent for all passenger vehicles.

Click It or Ticket is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal highway safety funding. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute distributes funding to more than 250 participating Indiana law enforcement agencies.

For information visit, nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/ciot/index.html.

To learn more about the Seymour Police Department, visit seymourpd.com.