INDIANAPOLIS (May 15, 2015) - The 2015 "Click It or Ticket" campaign began Friday. For the next couple of weeks drivers will notice more police officers out on the roads encouraging people to wear their seat belts.
The message police want to get across with this campaign is that wearing a seat belt could save your life.
Statistics show that having a seat belt on in a crash increases a person’s chance of survival by more than 50 percent.
This campaign kicks off just ahead of the busy summer travel season, which begins next week with Memorial Day.
More than 200 state troopers across Indiana will be working overtime to do these seat belt patrols.
In central Indiana, officers from IMPD, Lawrence, Speedway, Beech Grove, and Cumberland police departments will all be working extra hours through the end of the month.
Seat belt usage in Indiana is high (91 percent), but public safety officials say there is always room for improvement.
According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, last year there were 748 deaths on Indiana roads.
Close to 30 percent of those victims weren’t wearing seat belts when they were killed.
The "Click It or Ticket" campaign happens annually.
This year’s push to get more people wearing seatbelts concludes on May 31.