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Howard County Sheriff’s Office to increase traffic enforcement during the holidays

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The Howard County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting overtime patrols during the holidays, thanks to a $29,000 traffic safety improvement grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The funds, distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, are part of the state’s “Click It to Live It” program, which works to promote seatbelt usage and reduce impaired driving – in an effort to prevent traffic injuries and fatal crashes in Indiana.

“The simple fact is, no matter who you are or what you drive, wearing your seatbelt is one of the best ways to keep you and your family safe on the road,” said Robert Duckworth, director of traffic safety, ICJI. “That’s why we’re asking all motorists to Click it to Live it this holiday season – it’s your life. Don’t wait to get pulled over.”

Millions of Americans will travel our nation’s highways during the holidays to visit family and friends. With more vehicles on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash increase greatly.

According to the most recent data available, 53 percent of passengers killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seatbelts, and 63.5 percent of speeding-related fatalities were unrestrained. To combat this and save lives, Indiana police agencies will continue to enforce seatbelt, speeding, and other traffic laws, especially during the holiday season.

“Why do we enforce traffic laws? To prevent the crashes, injuries and deaths that hurt our community,” said Sgt. Justin Markley. “The holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, so don’t miss out on what makes this time of year so great. Buckle up — every seat, every time — and use a sober driver.”