News release from Indiana State Police
(Versailles, Ind.) - The Indiana State Police, including the Versailles District troopers, will be joining 250 other law enforcement agencies in the state in an effort to reduce injuries and fatalities by participating in Operation Pull Over, Blitz 67, “Click It or Ticket” Campaign. In conjunction with the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and the Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving, these federally funded special patrols afford troopers the opportunity to work overtime to provide extra patrols on Hoosier Highways during the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday travel period.
Indiana’s 2011 Click It or Ticket effort will take place from May 20-June 5, 2011 covering the heavily traveled Memorial Day holiday. With an emphasis on urging more motorists to buckle up day and night, officers will be on the lookout for unrestrained motorists around the clock. Special attention will be focused on nighttime drivers. Research has shown that motorists are less likely to be restrained during nighttime hours, increasing their risk of death or injury in a collision by more than 40 percent.
While Indiana has reached a record high observed seat belt usage rate of 92.4% for all vehicles, not all Hoosiers are taking the use of seat belts seriously. According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), there were 754 fatalities on Hoosier roadways in 2010. More than half of those (54 percent) were unrestrained.
Indiana State Police will also be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) which is also a federally funded program and will allow additional troopers to patrol area roadways during the period of May 23-30. Troopers will be specifically looking for drivers who speed, follow too closely, make unsafe lane changes, drive aggressively, fail to wear their seat belt or properly restrain their children in child seats, and operating a vehicle while impaired.
The Indiana State Police encourage all motorists to observe the following safety tips:
-If you’re planning to travel a long distance, make sure you’re well rested. A fatigued driver is a dangerous driver.
-Avoid distractive driving, tailgating, speeding and aggressive driving.
-Use caution in construction zones.
-Make sure everyone is buckled up in all seating positions, in all vehicles.