Operation Belt Up in action

By Herald Staff

Huntingburg and Jasper police officers are participating in Operation Belt Up, which began Thursday and will finish on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The overtime patrols, which will take place in the top 30 Indiana counties for unrestrained crashes, are paid for with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds, administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Last year, out of the total number of motorists involved in passenger vehicle crashes, 90 percent were wearing a seat belt, according to press releases sent by the Jasper and Huntingburg police departments. Despite this, unrestrained motorists accounted for over half of all vehicle fatalities in 2019 (308 out of 565), according to data from the criminal justice institute.

“Wearing a seat belt is the easiest and single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself on the road,” said Devon McDonald, ICJI executive director. “Make it the first thing you do every time you get into a vehicle. It could just save your life.”

Indiana law requires everyone in the vehicle, drivers and passengers, to wear a seat belt. Children under 8 must be properly restrained in a federally approved child or booster seat. More information about choosing safe car seats can be found at TheRightSeat.com. To find a certified child passenger safety technician who can inspect and assist with the installation of a car seat, visit www.childseat.in.gov.

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