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What You May Be Missing at Night

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

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.


May is Seat Belt Safety Awareness Month, and officers are stepping up their efforts to ticket anyone not wearing a seat belt, especially at night.

Did you know that driving at night is more dangerous than driving during the day? In fact, the majority (57%) of fatal crashes in Texas happen at night. And last year (2017), of all Texas crashes in which people died and weren’t wearing a seat belt, 57% of those happened at night as well. So whether it’s day or night, remember to buckle your seat belt for safety.

Terry Pence, TxDOT Traffic Safety Director, warns motorists, “In 2017 more than 2,558 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 45-60%.”

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 facing 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.


Introducing: Bernard in the Backseat

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Click it or Ticket. Back seat, too.

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Large Truck Safety

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Who Still Won’t Click It?

Monday, May 12th, 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!

Why It’s So Important

Friday, May 2nd, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Child Passenger Safety

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Tracy TellmanTracy Tellman, a TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist (TSS) in Amarillo, has been a certified safety seat technician since 1998. Since she started in child passenger safety, Tracy has seen many changes and improvements.

“When I first started in this field, we had a much smaller selection of seats to choose from,” Tellman says. “There were some seats that just didn’t fit in any cars. … It is much easier for parents today than ever before. I still see parents making mistakes, but they are much better informed and educated than when I first started in child passenger safety.”

However, despite advances in safety seat systems, strengthening of laws and availability of educational resources, child safety still has considerable room for improvement. Three out of every four children riding in safety seats are not properly secured or, even worse, not restrained at all. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children thirteen and under in the United States.

See below for the top five significant mistakes parents make when using and installing safety seats, based on a NHTSA survey:

  • Harness straps used to hold the child in the car seat are positioned either too low or too high.
  • Harness chest clips are either not being used at all or are positioned over the abdomen instead of the chest.
  • The car seat is installed too loosely, so the restraint system moves more than 2 inches side-to-side or front-to-back. Movement of more than 1 inch is too much.
  • Harnesses are too loose: Parents should not be able to pinch the slack at the shoulder when the child is in the harness.
  • The seat belt placement is wrong in a booster seat: The lap belt incorrectly rests over the stomach and/or the shoulder belt rests over the child’s neck or face.

Want to be sure your child is buckled in correctly? Schedule a safety seat check with your local TxDOT TSS. Contact information can be found here.

Know Someone Who Doesn’t Buckle Up?

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Want to save the life of someone you care about? If you know someone who doesn’t buckle up, you can – by inviting them to always use a seat belt in the front or back seat.

It turns out 9 out of 10 people fasten their seat belt when asked to do so (NHTSA, 2011).

Here are some of the ways you can protect your friends and family:
• Lead by example. Buckle up every time and every trip.
• When driving, require all your passengers to buckle up before you start the vehicle.
• Let them know you care and that seat belts save lives!
• Educate the non-buckler about the myths and realities of seat belts.
• Remind them that not using a seat belt could result in an expensive ticket – for them, not you!

So speak up and buckle up!

Seat Belt Myths Debunked

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

THE MYTH: If your car has air bags, you don’t need a seat belt.
THE REAL DEAL: Air bags are specifically designed to protect buckled occupants. This means when unbuckled occupants get into a vehicle crash and airbags deploy, they can be less effective – or in some cases, deadly.

THE MYTH: If a crash results in a fire or being submerged underwater, seat belts can trap you inside your car.
THE REAL DEAL: Incidents involving fire or water extraordinarily rare, statistically accounting for ½ of 1 percent of all crashes. More importantly, you could never hope to escape such dangers if you’re knocked unconscious. Buckling up gives you a much greater chance of being conscious and able-bodied after a crash – no matter what situation you find yourself in.

THE MYTH: If you’re not traveling far, or are driving at low speeds, seat belts aren’t necessary.
THE REAL DEAL: Seemingly routine trips can be deceptively dangerous. Most fatal crashes happen within 25 miles of home and at speeds of less than 40 mph! So make it easy on yourself and stay safe – simply buckle up on every trip, every time, no matter where you’re going or how quickly you plan to get there.

THE MYTH: Your seat belt can hurt you in a crash.
THE REAL DEAL: In a vehicle crash, almost everything in your vehicle has the potential to cause harm – but your seat belt is one of the few things that can actually save you.

See more of the real deal on NHTSA’s website. {Link to fact sheet / site page} http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/2012ciot/stats.html

Buckling Up Saves Lives

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

“Click It or Ticket is not about just writing tickets. It’s about saving lives,” says Carol Rawson, TxDOT’s Traffic Operations Division Director.

During 2011 in Texas, nearly 3,000 people died in fatal collisions, and almost half of them were not buckled up.

On the other hand, 97% of those uninjured in crashes were wearing their safety belts. This is why there are so many incredible stories told by the survivors of potentially fatal car crashes.

Rheda Sommers’ story is one of them. Rheda and her daughter were involved in a serious car crash on I-10 in El Paso. Their truck was hurled into the air before coming down and rolling three times on the interstate.

Both Rheda and her daughter walked away from this crash without any major injuries thanks to wearing their seat belts.

Buckle Up in Your Truck

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The pickup truck is a pillar of Texan culture. In fact, there are almost 5 million registered pickups in the state. But even though trucks seem tough, pickups are twice as likely to rollover in a crash as passenger cars.

In 2011, one of every two pickup truck drivers killed in traffic crashes in Texas was not buckled up.

Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent in pickups, which is why TxDOT is taking extra steps to remind pickup drivers and passengers to buckle up.