Law Enforcement to Write Safety Belt Tickets Left and Right.TxDOT Says Passengers Aren't Getting the Message to Buckle Up
HOUSTON -- The Texas Department of Transportation kicked off its 7th annual statewide Click It or Ticket campaign today with a stern reminder to Texas motorists: if you haven't gotten into the habit of buckling up, it can cost you a fine of up to $200.
Thousands of state troopers, police officers and sheriff's deputies will be on Texas streets and highways between May 19 and June 1, including the Memorial Day holiday weekend, issuing citations to drivers who aren't buckled up and whose children aren't properly restrained. This year, law enforcement will also pay extra attention to front seat-passengers who are not wearing safety belts.
While more than 92 percent of Texas drivers buckle up, passengers are lagging behind when it comes to using safety belts. According to the Texas Transportation Institute The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) is the largest transportation research agency in the United States. Created in 1950, primarily in response to the needs of the Texas Highway Department (now the Texas Department of Transportation), TTI has since broadened its focus to , only 87 percent of passengers in Texas use a safety belt, and that number dips to 79 percent when evaluating pickup truck passengers.
"Since pickups are twice as likely as passenger vehicles to roll over in a fatal crash, we worry about the safety of people who don't take the simple precaution of buckling up when they're in a truck," said Carlos Lopez, TxDOT's Traffic Operations Director. "Wearing a safety belt reduces the risks of dying in a pickup rollover crash by as much as 80 percent."
Safety advocates report that drivers and passengers who buckle up have a 50 percent better chance of surviving serious traffic collisions and avoiding serious injuries. Since the Click It or Ticket campaign was first launched in Texas in 2002, there have been an estimated 1,600 fewer traffic fatalities in Texas and 37,000 fewer injuries as a result of increased safety belt use.
"The simple act of buckling up is the easiest, least expensive and most effective way to prevent traffic deaths and injuries," said Lopez. "It also can keep you from getting a ticket."
Among partners joining TxDOT in the campaign are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA, often pronounced "nit-suh") is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, part of the Department of Transportation. , Texas Department of Public Safety The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is a department of the government of the state of Texas. The DPS is responsible for statewide law enforcement and vehicle regulation. The department is headed by the three member Public Safety Commission. , the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC, formerly the Texas Liquor Control Board) was created in 1935. The TABC has the task of inspecting, supervising and regulating every phase of business related to alcoholic beverages. , local law enforcement agencies A law enforcement agency (LEA) is a term used to describe any agency which enforces the law. This may be a local or state police, federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). across the state, the Texas Department of State Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract , the Texas Municipal Police Association, AAA AAA: see American Automobile Association.
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For more information, contact Mark Cross in TxDOT's Public Information Office at 512-463-8588.
TxDOT's five goals: reduce congestion The condition of a network when there is not enough bandwidth to support the current traffic load.
congestion - When the offered load of a data communication path exceeds the capacity. , enhance safety, expand economic opportunity, improve air quality and increase the value of transportation assets.