By Pilar Arias
The Texas Department of Transportation is preparing to kick off its 15th year of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
One in 10 Texans are still not buckling up, according to a news release. Deaths among people not wearing seat belts increased nine percent from 2015 to 2016, as well.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a press conference that his deputies, San Antonio Police Department officers and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will be looking out for those not buckled up.
“No excuses. Click it or ticket. Every rider, every ride,” Salazar said.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that since its inception, the life-saving campaign has saved 5,068 lives.
State law requires everyone in a vehicle to wear a seatbelt or face fines and court costs up to $200.
Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying by 45 percent for people in the front seat of passenger cars. For those in pickups, seat belts reduce the risk of dying by 60 percent.
This year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign launches ahead of Memorial Day on May 22 and runs through June 4.