Area officers cracking down on unsafe driving during holidays

You will see more Bartholomew County deputies and Columbus police on the road this holiday season, as officers use grant money to crack down on unsafe driving.

The Click It to Live It campaign works to promote seat belt usage and to reduce impaired driving. Bartholomew County agencies received a $20.500 grant to pay for overtime patrols focused on those areas.

In Indiana, officers may ticket unrestrained drivers or passengers, even if no other traffic violation has taken place. According to the most recent data available, 53% of passengers killed in fatal crashes were not wearing seatbelts.

The Click it to LIve It grants are distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.