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Peru PD issues 151 tickets in seat belt campaign

PERU TRIBUNE Staff Report

The Peru Police Department issued 151 citations, 78 warnings and made 7 arrests as part of a campaign aimed at getting driver’s to comply with seat belt laws.

The citations, warnings and arrests came over a 24-day period during the “national ‘Click It or Ticket’ mobilization,” the Police Department said in a news release.

The department joined more than 230 Indiana law enforcement agencies and “thousands across the nation to enforce seat-belt laws in cars and trucks, for both children and adults, in the front seat and back, both day and night,” the release said.

The overtime, highly visible traffic patrols were supported with federal traffic-safety funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The department warned of the patrols in early May.

“We enforce seat belts and other traffic laws to protect the lives of our community members on the road,” Peru Police Ofc. Keith Smith in the release. “With the summer travel season now underway, remember to always buckle up – every trip, every time – and use a sober driver.”

According to the release, Hoosiers are more likely to suffer property damage, injuries or death in a traffic crash than be a victim of burglary, violent crime or murder, respectively. And the small number of Hoosier motorists – 6.6 percent – who still don’t buckle up make up more than half of roadway deaths.

Male drivers, particularly those age 15 to 44, are the least likely to be buckled during a crash.

Injury rates among unrestrained motorists are also higher, in rural counties, when a driver is speeding or impaired and on weekend nights between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m., officials said.

They also said in the release that traffic crashes are a leading killer of children ages 1 to 13, and said the back seat of any vehicle, properly restrained, is the safest place for children under 13 to ride.