“Click It or Ticket” kicks off search for unbuckled drivers

Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department are announcing upcoming “Click It or Ticket” patrols looking for drivers who are not wearing seatbelts.

They will be joining law-enforcement agencies across the nation in the effort to increase enforcement of seat-belt laws. The agencies will be making highly visible patrols and watching for unrestrained passengers. They say the effort will include cars and trucks, children and adults, front seat and back, and during the day and night.

Click It or Ticket will run through the Memorial Day holiday and the start of the summer travel season. The overtime hours for the police patrols are paid for from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

According to the Institute, Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up. Children under 8 must be properly restrained in a child car seat or booster seat.