FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2018

TCSO Reminds Drivers and Passengers

"Click-it or Ticket"

The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer driving season, and to help make the summer safer for everyone, Texas law enforcement officers will take part in the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign and increase their efforts from May 21 to June 3 to pull over and ticket drivers and passengers who are not buckled up. According to recent crash data from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), more than 900 people were killed last year in crashes on Texas roads who weren’t wearing seat belts.

Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs of up to $200. Children younger than 8 years must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they’re taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If they aren’t properly restrained, the driver faces fines of up to $250 plus court costs.

The "Click It or Ticket" enforcement period is a joint effort by TxDOT, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Texas Department of Public Safety and numerous city and county law enforcement agencies.

According to NHTSA, wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing drivers and passengers can do to protect themselves in a crash. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent in a passenger vehicle, and up to 60 percent in a pickup truck. Seat belts keep people from being thrown around, or worse, ejected from the vehicle in a crash, which is almost always deadly.

To learn more about "Click It or Ticket," visit

texasclickitorticket.com.

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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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