FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Fort Wayne Police stopped 181 cars in the first few days of the "Click-it or Ticket" campaign.
While most of the stops resulted in seat belt citations, at times the random stops lead to warrant arrests.
The federal program provides money to law enforcement agencies to increase patrols during busy travel times.
"It's not a right any longer, it's the law. They're required to wear it, whether they like it or not. I've stopped the same gentleman in this city several times. He's argumentative every time but he still pays his fine. He'll leave telling me he's gonna take it right back off," said New Haven Police Officer Darren Peterson.
The program is also in full swing in New Haven.
Indiana's NewsCenter went for a ride along Tuesday afternoon.
During one hour, Officer Darren Peterson made six traffic stops and wrote seven tickets.
Peterson said as a first responder, he has seen first-hand, the death and destruction that can occur when a person is not wearing their seat belt.
"Most definitely yeah it's never good without seat belts on. Obviously, you're more apt to be thrown from the vehicle which obviously causes death more times than none. Staying in the vehicle within your seat, can save your life," said Peterson.
Indiana State Police say they look for traffic violations year round, but the extra patrols and more routine stops can lead to taking offenders off the roads.
State Police say they don't issue warnings for seat belt or child restraint infractions. The campaign runs through June 5th.
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