"Click it or Ticket" Campaign Underway

Monday, May 23, 2011 - 8:15pm

EL PASO – Before you hit the road, remember to buckle up – or pay up; the 10th annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign is officially underway.

David Magee can tell you that from now on, he'll think twice about not wearing a seat belt.

"Most of the time, I wear it...[I] just forgot to do it when we left the rest area,” said Magee.

Magee was one of the many people who got ticketed today for not buckling up. For the next two weeks, you could see a lot more people getting pulled over on I-10, and all across the Borderland.

“We will be focusing on drivers who are not wearing their seat belts, as well as those passengers who are also not wearing their seat belts,” said Sgt. David Ramos, with the Texas Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Ramos said the "Click it or Ticket" campaign is aimed at getting people to wear their seat belts, because that saves lives.

“Mainly for the senseless deaths that occur on Texas highways...many times, deaths in motor vehicle accidents can be avoided, by simply wearing your seat belt,” said Sgt. Ramos.

If you think strapping on is a waste of time, Sgt. Ramos has a message for you:

“Talk to your law enforcement officers and ask them if they think it's a waste of time. They're the ones that see those deaths and those injuries on a day to day basis,” said Ramos.

Fines for skipping your seat belt, can range up to $250. The "Click it or Ticket" campaign ends on June 5th.

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