With Memorial Day weekend and the summer driving season on the horizon, it’s more important than ever for Texans to keep themselves and each other safe on the road. That’s why the McKinney Police Department is joining forces once again with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and law enforcement agencies across Texas to ticket drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing their safety belts during this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign.
This year the McKinney Police Department will participate in the campaign May 23 through June 4. The Texas Department of Transportation’s 10th annual Click It or Ticket spring campaign kicks off this week with good news—Texans are buckling up more than ever, and thousands have been “saved by the belt.”
Before the Click It or Ticket campaign began in Texas in 2002, only 76.1 percent of the state’s population was buckling up. According to the Texas Transportation Institute, nearly 94 percent of drivers and passengers now buckle up. Experts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that this increase over the past 10 years has resulted in 2,843 fewer traffic fatalities, 48,000 fewer serious injuries, and a savings to the state of more than $10 billion in associated costs.
Despite an overall downward trend in fatalities between 2003 and 2009, traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for those between one and 44 years of age in Texas. In 2009 in Texas, more than 3,000 people died in fatal collisions on Texas streets and highways, and just under half were not buckled up. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent, and in pickups, that number increases to 60 percent, due to the fact that pickup trucks are more likely to roll over in a crash than passenger cars.
Fines for failing to fasten your seat belt can add up to $250, plus court costs. It’s not just drivers that must buckle up—state law also requires passengers in the front and back seat to buckle up.
Visit www.texasclickitorticket.com for more information.