Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. They save lives!
The Wichita Falls Police Department has recently wrapped up the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Here are the statistics from the enforcement period May 18 – May 31, 2015:
Adult Seatbelts 253 citations
Child Safety Seat 7 citations
Intersections 2 citations
Speeding 7 citations
Other Violations 66 citations
Hours Worked 194.1
Miles Driven 1,999
Why seatbelts are so important:
Whether you’re the driver, front seat passenger, or back seat passenger, you have to buckle up. It’s a state law and not doing so could cost you up to $200. Want an even better reason? Your seat belt is your number one best defense in case of a crash.
A DEADLY OVERSIGHT.
If you forget to buckle up or choose not to, you’re putting yourself in harm’s way. It’s common that unbuckled passengers get thrown from their vehicle, which all too often rolls over and crushes them.
BACK SEAT DANGER.
Unbelted back seat passengers can become human projectiles in a car crash. They can be tossed around inside the vehicle and even injure or kill those in the front seat.
ATTENTION ALL ADULTS.
Texas law requires drivers and all passengers in a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt. Yes, that means unbuckled adult passengers in the back seat can face fines and court costs of up to $200.
KIDS CAN COST, TOO.
Children younger than eight years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Fines can be as high as $250 plus court costs.
For more information on “Click It or Ticket”, please visit http://www.texasclickitorticket.com/
Buckle Up and Save a Life!