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Hammond police begin extra patrols for seat belt checks

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HAMMOND | Police have announced that expanded patrols for seat belt enforcement through the Memorial Day holiday begin today.

Hammond police will join more than 250 law enforcement agencies statewide as part of the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

"Motorists should be prepared to see more law enforcement on the roads during this 15-day period," said Lt. Patrick Vicari, Hammond Police Traffic Division commander.

"Special patrols will take place around the clock, and if law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled at any time, you can expect to get a ticket," Vicari said.

Last year there were 3,322 crashes involving unrestrained drivers or occupants in Indiana, Vicari said, and 202 fatalities.

Funding for the operation is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute's Traffic Safety Division.

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