Law enforcement officers will be out in full force throughout Texas beginning Monday, ticketing drivers and passengers for not wearing their seat belts or not properly buckling up their children.
This year’s Click It or Ticket campaign, which ends June 2, aims to improve compliance with the state’s safety belt law, passed in 2009. All passengers in the back seat must be buckled up, and children younger than 8 have to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
“The cost of not wearing seat belts is far greater than a ticket or fine,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. “Simply put, a seat belt could save your life. Public awareness is working, but we still see some teenagers, pickup truck passengers and rural Texans who aren’t buckling up.”
When the Click It or Ticket campaign began in 2002, only 76 percent of Texans buckled up. Today, 94 percent are wearing seat belts.
Last year, more than 21,200 seat belt citations were issued during the Click It or Ticket campaign. To learn more, go to www.texasclickitorticket.com.