Click It or Ticket effort set to begin May 22

Olive Rios
May 19, 2017

During the campaign, officers will be issuing citations for operators and passengers who are not properly using their seat belts.

NHTSA has been working with the States on Click it or Ticket since 2003. Past year in Texas, we had 994 people across the state die because they were not wearing their seat belts.

Minnesotans are among the best in the country when it comes to wearing seat belts with 93 percent of motorists buckling up, the DPS says.

Thousands of Americans are alive today thanks to strong state laws, the Click It or Ticket enforcement and paid media effort and the year-round "Buckle Up America" campaigns.

The Southington Police Department is joining over 10,000 state and local Law enforcement agencies around the country to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock.

But the news by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over how the "Click It or Ticket" campaign resulted in less fatalities were highlighted during the promotional event that was attended by Mayor David Turner and members of law enforcement at the University of Texas-Permian Basin. In 2015, 87 percent of the unbelted deaths occurred in greater Minnesota, outside the seven-county metro area.

Almost 92 percent of people buckle up, but eight percent still don't and that percentage increases at night. In fatal crashes in 2015, about 80 percent of passenger vehicle occupants who were totally ejected from the vehicle were killed. The fine for a youth (14-17) violation is $60 (no court costs), while the driver's fine for a child (0-13) restraint violation is $60 + a court cost charge of at least $98.

Police departments throughout Texas and across the nation are expected to keep an eye out for motorists who fail to use seat belts from May 22 to June 4, he said.

Texas Department of Public Safety Staff Sgt. Mark Tackett said DPS has participated in "Click It or Ticket" for the past 15 years and will continue to have all available troopers working to make the roads as safe as possible. If they aren't properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250 plus court costs.

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