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What You May Be Missing at Night

Monday, October 19th, 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.


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.


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

Buckling Up for Two

Wednesday, May 6th, 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.

Seat Belts Save Lives

Monday, June 2nd, 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.

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.

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