‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign Kicks Off
WESLACO – Law enforcement throughout Texas will be reinforcing the use of seat belts starting Monday.
The 'Click It or Ticket' campaign, which ramps up enforcement to ticket drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts, especially at night, will end June 3.
Last year, the number of both drivers and front-seat passengers not wearing seat belts increased by almost 50 percent from day to night.
The Texas Department of Transportation says wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent.
In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up, and children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they're taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
Fines for people who don't follow the law are up to $250 plus court costs.
According to The National Highway and Traffic Administration, the number of deaths among people not wearing seat belts decreased 8 percent from 2016 to 2017, and the "Click It or Ticket" initiative has saved more than 5,400 lives since 2002.