On June 18, 2015, the La Porte Police Department (La Porte PD) announced additional Operation Pull Over activities will take place June 20-30, 2015. Furthering the effort to make the streets of the La Porte community safe, officers will also enforce all other traffic laws.
“Traffic safety is especially important during this time of year, as the summer travel season is upon us and many more vehicles are on the roads than during the winter months,” said Captain Tom Heath. “Keeping our drivers and their passengers safe is a number one priority for us.”
In 2015, to date, La Porte PD has investigated 276 property damage crashes and 54 personal injury crashes resulting in 66 injuries. During the same period in 2014, the Department investigated 263 property damage crashes and 51 personal injury crashes for a total of 69 injuries.
Most traffic accidents are preventable, and likely half of those involved in the above mentioned crashes were not at fault or in the wrong. Unfortunately, however, they were still involved in accidents. Buckling up, when seated in any position in any vehicle, is the law. The most important reason to use a seat belt and child restraints is buckling up has been proven to significantly reduce the likelihood of suffering an injury – if you are involved in a traffic crash.
La Porte PD would like to remind the community to make sure safety belts are used according to the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Recently, the Department has seen multiple drivers and passengers with shoulder belts run behind their backs, rather than across the chests as intended. Not only is this is a violation of the law, but it does not protect you should you become involved in an accident. In addition, make sure all child safety seats are used according to the instructions that came with the seat. If you are not sure whether you are using a child seat correctly, please contact or visit a child seat fitting station. A complete list of child seat inspection stations across the state, broken down by county, is available by visiting: http://www.preventinjury.org/Child-Passenger-Safety/Child-Safety-Seat-Inspection-Stations/List-of-Child-Safety-Seat-Inspection-Stations. Additionally, you can contact La Porte PD for information regarding fitting stations in the La Porte community.
Operation Pull Over is a traffic safety grant program funded through federal highway safety funds and administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. For more information on Operation Pull Over, DUI: Taskforce Indiana, and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute’s programs, please visit: http://www.in.gov/cji.