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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.

Don’t Pick Up a Ticket

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012


There are almost 5 million pickups in Texas, accounting for roughly one out of every four registered vehicles.

While great progress has been made in the past decade, seat belt use among pickup drivers and passengers continues to lag behind. This is why the 2012 Click It or Ticket campaign is emphasizing the importance of buckling up to motorists who drive or ride in pickups.

In fact, this year’s campaign has rolled out a new billboard featuring a pick up truck, and a reminder to drivers and passengers to buckle up or face the prospect of getting a ticket.


In-studio photo shoot of pick up


New 2012 Campaign Billboard

Safety by the Numbers

Friday, May 4th, 2012


Here’s a no brainer: seat beats make you safer.



Check out the facts:
– In 2011, 46 percent of Texans killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts.
– Of the 762,778 Texans involved in crashes where there were no injuries, 97 percent were wearing their seat belt.
– One of every two pickup truck drivers killed in traffic crashes in 2011 was not buckled up.
– Riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants.
– Unbelted backseat passengers can become human projectiles in a car crash, and if tossed around inside the vehicle, they can injure or even kill those in the front seat.

Download the full fact sheet here. (PDF)

Don’t Pickup a Ticket

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012



TxDOT launched its 11th annual Click It or Ticket safety campaign with a Click it or Ticket-themed pickup suspended in air with seat belt material. It’s part of the agency’s efforts to call attention to the life-saving properties of seat belts and alert motorists of the annual crackdown on those who don’t buckle up.

Texas currently ranks seventh in the nation for overall seat belt use, and 93.7 percent of Texas motorists use their seat belts according to the Texas Transportation Institute. While Texas drivers and passengers are now buckling up in record numbers, seat belt use among pickup truck drivers and passengers continues to lag behind. That’s why safety officials especially are hoping to convince more pickup drivers and passengers to buckle up.

See the full “Click It or Ticket” news release here.

Three Strikes, You’re Out

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011


Did you know that there are technically three collisions within one crash?
1. The vehicle and another object
2. The occupant and another object (airbag, windshield, or worse)
3. The occupant’s internal organs against the inside frame of the person’s body

Seat belts save lives by reducing the impact of the 2nd and 3rd collisions. Watch the video clip below and see if you can count the three collisions. What’s stopping you?

Source: UK’s Department of Transport

Behind the Numbers

Thursday, May 26th, 2011


This year TxDOT is making a big deal out of seat belts, and there are 2,843 reasons why.

Experts at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimate that increased seat belt usage over the past 10 years has resulted in 2,843 lives saved on Texas roadways. This year TxDOT is employing a large figure to represent the lives saved across the state: an 18’x 7’ sculpture that will travel press events in twelve Texas cities.

The sculpture was formed with a wood base, paint and 3,500 feet of seat-belt-like webbing. A mold was created to produce buckles. Check out the behind-the-scenes photos at the production studio below!




Fabricator: Blue Genie Art Industries

Tracking NASCAR Safety

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011


Today, NASCAR drivers always wear their seat belts, no matter what. In the 1940s, seat belts were not the norm in racecars. Some drivers used rope or aircraft harnesses to hold themselves in place while racing. By the early 1960s, most racecars had lap belts, and shoulder straps were added.

For several years, five-point harnesses were the standard in NASCAR racing. The five-point harness, similar to those in child safety seats, was designed to keep the driver from “submarining,” or sliding out underneath the seat belt in during a head-on collision. In 2001, Dale Earnhardt was killed while wearing a five-point harness, so many drivers switched to a six-point harness in which belts are wrapped around each of the legs.

In 2007, TxDOT partnered with NASCAR to convince Texans to buckle up.

You can read more on the extensive equipment NASCAR drivers use to stay safe here.

History of the Seat Belt

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The seat belt originated as an idea invented by George Cayley, an English engineer in the early 19th century. However, Edward J. Claghorn of New York was granted the first official patent for the “safety belt” in 1885.

The first modern three-point seat belt, the type used in most vehicles today, was developed in 1955 for Volvo—who introduced it in 1959 as standard equipment.


Nils Bohlin, Swedish engineer of the three-point seat belt

In 1985, a century after the original patent, Texas introduced its first safety belt law. When Texas launched its “Click It or Ticket” campaign in 2002, only 76.1% of the state’s population was buckling up. Today 93.84% of Texans buckle up… we’ve come a long way in safety!

Seat Belts: The Safe Bet

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Here’s a no brainer: seat beats make you safer. But how much safer? Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45%, and in pickups, that number increases to 60%, due to the fact that pickup trucks are more likely to roll over in a crash than passenger cars.

Check out the facts:

– In 2009, 43% of Texans killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts.

– Of the 814,403 Texans involved in crashes where there were no injuries, 98% were wearing their seat belt.

– One of every two pickup truck drivers killed in traffic crashes were not buckled up.

– Riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants.

– Unbelted backseat passengers can become projectiles in a car crash: they can be tossed around inside the vehicle and even can injure or kill those in the front seat.