Seatbelt campaign aims to save lives

WACO,TX -

TXDOT and the Texas Department of Public Safety want to reduce the number of lives lost in traffic crashes by increasing the number of people using seatbelts while driving or riding in cars.

The "Click it of Ticket" campaign, which will run May 22 through June 4, will make it more expensive not to be buckled up as DPS troopers will step up their observation of occupants of vehicles who don't have their belts fastened.

During that time frame, troopers will be watching extra closely, looking for people not properly restrained.

Wearing a seat belt helps keep occupants from being ejected in a crash and increases the chances of surviving by 45-percent and up to 60 percent in a truck according to TXDOT figures.

In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200.

Children younger than 8 years must be in a a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.

If they aren't properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250 plus court costs.

DPS spokesman D.L. Wilson says its a hard thing for troopers to knock on the door of some family members and tell them their loved one has died and that it could have been prevented by buckling up.

He noted that there are numerous programs available to help people obtain car seats for kids if they cannot afford them.

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the " Click it or Ticket" campaign.


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