The Lafayette Police Department will be participating in the national and statewide 2016 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization, occurring May 6-30, 2016. Officers will join more than 250 state and local law enforcement agencies, and thousands more across the country, to conduct high-visibility patrols encouraging drivers and passengers to buckle up.
“This project is aimed at not only enforcing traffic safety laws, but also to educate and reinforce the importance of wearing seatbelts”, said Lt. Brian Gossard, Lafayette Police Community Outreach and Crime Prevention.
Click It or Ticket is an annual enforcement effort supported by federal funding allocated to the Lafayette Police Department from the Traffic Safety Division of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI). Lafayette Police officers will work overtime to conduct seat belt patrols around the clock. According to ICJI, in 2015, there were 818 fatalities on Indiana roadways. Of those fatalities, 33 percent were unrestrained.
“The more we explain the importance of seat belt use, the more we see drivers and their passengers buckling up,” said ICJI Director Dave Murtaugh. “This campaign is about the importance of wearing your seat belt, and I am thankful for all those involved.”
Indiana law enforcement agencies have been actively involved in the Click It or Ticket campaign for over 20 years. In addition, for 2016, Indiana agencies will join those from across the Eastern half of the United States in a combined “Border to Border” mobilization. On May 23rd, from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., this shared increased blitz will drive home the zero tolerance message, that no matter what state you’re in, driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket.
For more information regarding the Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization campaign, please visit: http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/ciot/index.html.
Sgt. Will Carpenter
Lafayette Police Department