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WCP releases Click it or Ticket results

Staff Report

The Wabash City Police has completed their 24 days of Click it or Ticket enforcement, according to a Tuesday press release from Captain Matt A. Benson, public information officer.

Wabash City Police officers made arrests which included six felonies, four misdemeanors and one operating while intoxicated.

Officers also issued 99 citations and 75 written warnings.

Wabash City Police joined more than 230 Indiana law enforcement agencies for these increased patrols.

The statewide campaign began in early May and continued through the Memorial Day holiday and the start of the summer travel season, according to an Indiana State Police press release.

Overtime ISP patrols are paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).

The share of Hoosiers not buckling up has dropped to 6.6 percent, below the national average of 10.4 percent, but new data from ICJI and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute show that unrestrained motorists still make up 53 percent of traffic deaths.

Unrestrained motorists are 10 times more likely to die in car and SUV crashes, 14 times more in pickup truck crashes and 15 times more likely in van crashes.

Drivers under age 24, especially young male drivers, are the least likely to be buckled up during a crash. Injury rates among unrestrained motorists are also higher.

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 13. Parents and caregivers who do not buckle up are more likely to have children who are improperly restrained.

The ISP offered the following tips for proper seat belt use:

n Secure the lap belt across your hips and pelvis, below your stomach.

n Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and rib cage, away from your neck.

n Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.

n 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.