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Buckle up Peru

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com

The Peru Police Department is joining other law enforcement agencies nationwide to participate in a Click it or Ticket campaign beginning May 11, according to a PPD press release.

Click it or Ticket is several weeks of high-visibility patrols from PPD officers as they look for individuals not wearing their seat belts.

The patrols are going to last into the summer traveling season including Memorial Day.

Indiana has been apart of Click it or Ticket for more than 20 years with over 240 law enforcement agencies performing 8,728 hours of traffic patrols and issuing over 30,000 citations or warnings last year alone, said the PPD release.

Click it or Ticket means zero tolerance for unrestrained drivers and passengers,” said PPD’s Operation Pullover Coordinator, Officer Keith Smith.

In their statement, PPD officials noted why they would be warning residents.

“Why are we warning everyone in advance? Because the bottom line is not the issuing of seat belt citations, but saving lives. Anyone who responds to a serious crash just wants motorists to buckle up in the first place,” the release said.

In 2016, there were 10,428 motorist who weren’t wearing seat belts killed in crashes across the United States. On the other side of the coin, 14,668 lives were saved from people wearing their seat-belts, said the PPD release.

According to the statement, Purdue University Center for Road Safety said from 2000 to 2017 seat-belt usage has gone up from 62 percent to 93 percent, beating out the national average of 90.1 percent.

Citizens can reduce their chance of injury or death in a crash by simply buckling up. PPD officers gave some seat belt-related tips to Peru residents.

“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, and 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,” said the PPD release.