POSTED: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 10:07am
UPDATED: Friday, May 20, 2011 - 10:09am
TEXAS- Beginning Monday, the Texas Department of Public Safety will be giving motorists a new good reason to buckle up.
From May 23 to June 5, DPS troopers and law enforcement officers across the state are participating in the 10th annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
“State law requires everyone in the vehicle to be restrained no matter where they are seated,” said Assistant Director David G. Baker, who is the Chief of the Texas Highway Patrol. “Seat belts save lives, and that is the primary reason to buckle up, but we will have a zero-tolerance policy during this period, and violators will be ticketed if need be.”
Fines for not wearing a seatbelt can range up to $250, plus court costs.
State law requires everyone in a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt. Also, children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches.
Since the “Click It or Ticket” campaign began in 2002, Texas seat belt usage has climbed from 76.1 percent to 93.8 percent.
Despite these gains, just under half of the 3,089 people who died in Texas traffic crashes in 2009 were not properly buckled up, and traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for people between one and 44 years of age.
Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent. That number increases to 60 percent in pickups, because they are more likely to roll over in a crash.
Visit www.texasclickitorticket.com  for more information.