EPCSO issues 68 seatbelt citations during Click it or Ticket campaign
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The El Paso County Sheriff's Department issued a total of 68 seatbelt citations and 17 other various traffic citations during their two-week Click It or Ticket campaign that ran from May 19 through June 1, 2014.
A spokesperson with the El Paso County Sheriff's Department says that the program is a grant that is aimed at bringing to light the importance of wearing a seatbelt and to reduce serious and fatal injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), if all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older had worn seat belts, an additional 3,031 people could have been saved in 2012. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles from home and at speeds of less than 40 mph.
State laws passed in 2009 included new safety belt requirements for both drivers and passengers. All passengers (including adults) in the back seat now must be buckled up, and children younger than 8 years old have to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. Fines range from $25 to $250 plus court costs.