The 10th annual Click It or Ticket campaign reminds Texans to buckle up each and every time they get in a vehicle. Buckling up not only saves lives, but it also protects motorists against expensive citations. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS), and the City of Southlake Department of Public Safety again are joining forces with police and sheriffs’ departments across Texas to save lives on Texas roads and highways by working together to increase seat belt use.
Law enforcement officers will be working overtime from May 23 to June 5 ticketing anyone who isn’t wearing their seat belt in the front or back seat. State officials have set a goal of raising the state’s seat belt usage rate to 94 percent.
When the Click It or Ticket campaign began in Texas a decade ago, only three of every four motorists buckled up. By 2010, Texas had achieved its highest seat belt rate ever—93.84 percent—and the state now ranks seventh in the nation for highest seat belt use. NHTSA reports that the Click It or Ticket initiative has saved an estimated 2,843 lives and prevented more than 48,000 serious injuries over the past ten years. During the past decade, the steady increase in the use of seat belts also has saved an estimated $10 billion in wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, vehicle damage, employer costs, taxes, insurance premiums, travel delays, and lost quality of life.
For more information, visit the Texas Click It or Ticket initiative website.