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What You May Be Missing at Night

Posted on October 19, 2020

Oh no! Red and blue flashing lights in the rear-view mirror. What could you have possibly done wrong? You just hopped in the car for a quick trip to the store. You’re driving the speed limit, not blasting your music, using your blinkers. Did you remember to fasten your seat belt? No.

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Between November 16 and 29, officers statewide are stepping up their efforts to ticket anyone not wearing a seat belt, especially at night.

Terry Pence, TxDOT Behavioral Traffic Safety Section Director, warns motorists, “In 2019 more than 2,629 people who failed to wear their seat belts were killed or seriously injured. Simply remembering to put on your seat belt increases your chances of surviving a crash by 45%.” In pickup trucks, that number jumps to 60%, as those vehicles are twice as likely as cars to roll over in a crash.

You might think that under the cover of darkness, police officers don’t notice unbuckled drivers and passengers. But they do. If you’re pulled over, that means you’ll face fines and court costs up to $200. Instead of putting yourself and others in danger, remember: buckle up day and night, every rider, every ride.

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No One is Above the Law

Posted on October 19, 2020

The Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization is taking place all over Texas November 16–29, 2020. Law enforcement statewide will be stepping up their efforts to ticket motorists who are not wearing a seat belt. Whether in a big pickup truck or a tiny sedan, no one is above the law.

Your seat belt is the single most effective safety device in your vehicle. If you’re traveling at 50 mph and stop suddenly, your unbuckled body will keep moving at 50 mph. Your seat belt is designed to keep you from being thrown into the dashboard or windshield—or even onto the road.

Airbags can be big lifesavers. But without seat belts, they can be ineffective and even dangerous. In a crash, seat belts ensure you’re not thrown into a fast-opening airbag—a force that could injure or kill you. You may think your airbag is going to protect you, but it’s designed to work with seat belts, not to replace them.

Driver or passenger, front seat or back, state law requires everyone in the vehicle to be buckled up. Not buckling up could cost you up to $200 in court costs and fines. Or even worse, it could cost you your life.

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Buckling Up in the Back Seat

Posted on October 19, 2020

Click it or Ticket. Back seat, too.

FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELT

We all know we’re supposed to buckle up, whether we’re the driver or a passenger. Warnings of all kinds remind us to fasten our seat belts, including lights, bells, chimes, dings and sometimes our vehicles won’t even start until seat belts are fastened.

But what about the other people in our vehicles? You know, your friends or family in the back seat. Are there any bells, dings, and warnings to remind rear passengers to buckle up? Not necessarily.

Sometimes drivers may not ask or double check to see if their back-seat passengers are buckled in. That’s where we come in—to remind everyone that it’s ILLEGAL to be unbuckled in either the front or back seat, and it’s punishable by fines and fees up to $200.

Children younger than 8 years old must be in a child car seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Fines issued to drivers for unrestrained children in their vehicle can be as high as $250 plus court costs.

The safest place for children to ride in a vehicle is the back seat, and all children should be securely fastened in an appropriate safety seat in the back of the vehicle until they reach the age of 13.1

State and national data support TxDOT’s Click It or Ticket campaign, which focuses on enforcing laws mandating that everyone in the vehicle is buckled up.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 there were 9,778 unbelted passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes on our nation’s roads. In fact, seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives in 2017, and an additional 2,549 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained occupants involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts.2

If that’s not enough, these facts will drive home the importance of everyone buckling up at all times:

  • Unbelted backseat passengers can become projectiles in a crash. They can be tossed around inside the vehicle and can even injure or kill people in the front seat.
  • In 2019, there were 2,629 motor vehicle traffic crashes in Texas that involved unrestrained occupants who sustained fatal or serious injuries.3
  • In 2019, of the 499 pickup truck drivers killed in Texas in a crash, 228 were not wearing a seat belt. 4
  • Wearing a seat belt helps keep occupants from being ejected in a crash and increases the chances of surviving by 45%. In pickup trucks, that number jumps to 60%, as those vehicles are twice as likely as cars to roll over in a crash.5

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1(NHTSA’s Car Seat Recommendations for Children)

2(NHTSA 2018 Traffic Safety Facts, June 2020)

3(Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3) July, 2020)

4Ibid.

5(NHTSA Seat Belt Statistics)

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Introducing: Bernard in the Backseat

Posted on September 7, 2016

Click it or Ticket. Back seat, too.

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Large Truck Safety

Posted on May 27, 2015

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Buckling Up for Two

Posted on May 6, 2015

Whether you are in the front seat or back, wearing your seat belt is the single most effective action you can take to protect yourself and your unborn child in the event of a crash. Being buckled up helps keep you safe inside your vehicle during a crash. If you ride without a seat belt, you could be thrown out of your car or collide with other passengers.

Pregnant woman putting on a seat belt

Seat Belt Guide

  • Secure the lap belt below your belly so that it fits snugly across your hips and pelvic bone.
  • Place the shoulder belt across your chest (between your breasts) and away from your neck.
  • Never place the shoulder belt under your arm or behind your back.

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Seat Belts Save Lives

Posted on June 2, 2014

Rep. Pete Olson

In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying. However, an additional 3,031 lives could also have been saved if passengers age 5 and older involved in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts.

Twenty four years ago, before we had campaigns like Click It or Ticket, I tragically learned this lesson in the hardest way possible. On April 1, 1990, my first wife Ellen and I were driving back to my Navy duty station in Corpus Christi after a weekend with friends at my alma mater, Rice University. While driving, we hit a blinding rain storm heading south on Texas 35. As we were driving, a car heading northbound lost control. The car spun around and hit us head on.

There were three people in the car that hit us, an uncle and his two nephews. Tragically, all died, none were wearing a seatbelt. My wife, Ellen was also killed in that crash as a result of laying down in the back seat to take a nap. It was almost 25 years ago, before seat belt campaigns were in full force. I was the only person in either vehicle wearing a seatbelt, I was the only survivor.

Today, thanks to Click It or Ticket and enforcement of seatbelt laws, seatbelt use has risen dramatically and hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved. However, we can save even more lives by increasing awareness of the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

For the first time in five years, fatalities for unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants have gone up. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, over 10,000 passengers in the US who did not wear seatbelts died. As a result of these fatalities, local authorities are stepping up enforcement and cracking down on those who don’t wear their seat belts.

Closer to home, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has found that in 2011, 46% of Texans killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts. On the flip side, of the 762,778 Texans involved in crashes where there were no injuries, 97% were wearing their seat belt.

I’m sharing my story in an effort to help save lives. If Ellen had been wearing a seatbelt, she might be here with us today. If the folks in the car that hit us had been wearing seatbelts, they too might have been saved. Wearing seatbelts saves lives.

I applaud the efforts of NHTSA, TXDOT and our local law enforcement to do their part to enforce the laws and help save lives. The rest is up to each of us. The facts don’t lie. My story and thousands of others like it are strong evidence and a strong reminder – SEATBELTS SAVE LIVES. Do your part and wear a seatbelt while in a moving car.

Rep. Pete Olson, a Republican, represents Texas District 22 in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Who Still Won’t Click It?

Posted on May 12, 2014


When the “Click It or Ticket” campaign began in 2002, more than a decade ago, only three out of every four Texans buckled up. Texas currently ranks seventh in the nation for overall seat belt use, and 94 percent of Texan motorists now buckle up.

But who is still not buckling up?
– Men use seat belts less often than women.
– Teens and young adults are not wearing their seat belts.
– Passengers are less likely to buckle up than drivers.
– Pickup truck drivers are less likely to buckle up than other drivers.
– Pickup passengers are the LEAST likely to use a safety belt: Only 80 percent of pickup passengers buckle up compared to 92 percent of passengers in all other types of vehicles!

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Why It’s So Important

Posted on May 2, 2014


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 seat 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.

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Enforcement Everywhere

Posted on May 1, 2014

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The 2014 Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization is taking place all over the state from May 19th through June 1st, 2014. Police officers will be stepping up their efforts to ticket motorists who are not wearing a seat belt. Whether motorists live in a city, the suburbs, or a rural area, local law enforcement will be out in force.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012, 13,268 traffic fatalities occurred in rural locations. Out of those fatalities, 54 percent were not wearing their seat belts.

People who live in rural areas believe that the close-knit nature of their small town will get them out of a ticket. However, motorists should not think that knowing the officer who pulled them over will help them avoid a ticket. Cops are cracking down everywhere on those not wearing their seat belts. Be sure to buckle up or face a fine.

For more information visit www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.

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