AUSTIN (KXAN) — Beginning Monday, May 20, the Texas Department of Transportation will begin enforcing the statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign, a time period when law enforcement officers will increase efforts to ticket drivers and passengers not wearing seatbelts.
TxDOT reports that last year, 982 people who were not buckled up died in crashes on Texas streets and highways, an increase of 6 percent from 2017. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent. That number jumps to 60 percent for pickup truck crashes.
Texas law requires the driver and all passengers in a vehicle to be secured by a seat belt. Unbuckled drivers and passengers, even those in the back seat, face fines and court costs of up to $200.
For more information, visit TxDOT’s Click It or Ticket website.