3 things to know about Indiana’s Rural Demonstration Project

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is cracking down on seat belt violations this month as part of a statewide campaign aimed at increasing safety belt usage on rural roadways.

Indiana’s Rural Demonstration Project began this week and continues through April 25. The program targets county roads and highways, as national statistics show that drivers and their passengers in these areas face a higher risk of being injured or killed, a news release said.

In this annual effort to promote seat belt use, 21 law enforcement agencies will increase their patrols in the 19 Indiana counties — including Hancock — with highest percentages of fatalities due to unrestrained drivers or passengers.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.