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The Click It or Ticket campaign starts on Monday. Local law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for seatbelt violators for two weeks.

Courtesy of the Texas Department of Transportation

The Laredo Police Department is partnering with the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies throughout Texas to increase seat belt usage in preparation for the busy summer driving season that is beginning Memorial Day weekend.

Enforcement of state seat belt laws begins Monday and will continue through June 5, 2022. This enforcement is a vital part of TxDOT’s annual Click It or Ticket safety campaign made possible through grants from federally funded TxDOT traffic safety.

Safety officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report that wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a car crash by 45% and up to 60% if you’re riding in a pickup truck.

According to accident data from the Texas Department of Transportation, 3,507 motor vehicle accidents involved unrestrained occupants that suffered serious injury or resulted in death in 2021. Additionally, in 2021, 283 fatalities were reported in pickup truck crashes due to not wearing a seat belt. .

State law requires anyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs of up to $200. Children under eight years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are over 4 feet 9 inches tall.

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