La Porte Police Department cracks down on seat belt enforcement

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. – The La Porte Police Department will increase seat belt enforcement patrols as part of the November national Click It or Ticket campaign running from November 9 through November 29.  

Indiana has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to stop and cite drivers and passengers for failing to wear a seatbelt.

Drivers can also be cited for each unbuckled passenger under the age of 16.

When it comes to seat belt safety, the department recommends making sure the lap belt is properly secured across the hip and pelvis, below the stomach. The shoulder belt should be positioned across the middle of the chest and away from the neck – never behind the back or under the arm.

Children under the age of eight must be properly restrained in a federally approved child or booster seat.

The patrols are supported with funds through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

La Porte Police Department will be joined by more than 250 law enforcement agencies around the state.

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