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Seat Belts Rock

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of teen deaths and high schools across Texas are teaming up to spread the word about how seat belts save lives.

Find out more at www.seatbeltsrock.com.

Here’s a commercial that proves seat belts rock. So crank it up, and buckle up.

Teen Enforcement Begins

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The annual “Click It or Ticket” enforcement period begins today. Law enforcement officers in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo, and Tarrant counties are out in full force this week ticketing teen drivers who aren’t buckled up. So when you’re on your way to the movies, the mall, or even to prom, remember to always wear your seat belt, in the front AND back seats. A seat belt fine could run you up to $250!

Check out www.seatbeltsrock.com.

TxDOT Talks to Teens

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Did you know that teens have a notoriously low rate of seat belt use and a high rate of fatalities because of it? In fact, almost 50% of all teens involved in fatal crashes weren’t wearing their safety belt. That’s why TxDOT has launched a campaign in five Texas counties with the highest rate of unbuckled teen deaths. Teens in those five counties (Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo and Tarrant) are seeing on-campus reminders, hearing radio and seeing outdoor boards that remind them to always wear a seat belt. They’re also seeing increased law enforcement who are ticketing every person in the car not wearing a seat belt—even riders in the back seat.

Teens are encouraged to go to www.seatbeltsrock.com to read stories or see videos from their favorite DJ’s, take interactive quizzes, and register for prizes. In fact, watch this video and then and send it on to your friends. Here’s the cool part: the people you send it to will see their name actually embedded in the video in six places. Here’s the other cool part: if you send it to five friends, you’ll automatically be entered in a contest to win an IPOD Touch donated by State Farm Insurance.

Send a personalized video to your friends!

The campaign to teens is working—in the counties where the campaign is running, seat belt use has increased by almost 10%. With your help, we can make that 100% in every county in Texas—it’s easy. Just buckle up when you’re in a vehicle . . . every rider, every ride.

Darcey’s Close Call

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Photo of wrecked truck

One frigid morning in February, I was driving to basketball practice on I-35 north of Waco with my teammate. I hit a patch of ice and my truck fishtailed into the right lane, causing an 18-wheeler to slam into us at 60mph. The semi hit us so hard that I was knocked out instantly. Apparently, my truck crossed back over and hit the median before coming to a complete stop.

The truck was totaled, but both my teammate and I were still able to play in the upcoming basketball tournament the next weekend. It truly scares me to think about what would have happened if we had not been buckled up.

Waco, TX

Real Teens, Real Stories: He was already gone…

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Video provided by Texas Department of Health

Real Teens, Real Stories: Emily

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Video provided by Texas Department of State Health Services.

Saved by the Belt

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

“I was driving me and my friend Trey to the Bell County Livestock Show early one morning this February when I heard a loud pop. Suddenly, my pickup spun end over end and landed upside down, broken in half. I was left hanging upside down by my safety belt. I reached for Trey, who was also hanging upside down, and then kicked out a window so we could crawl out of the truck. We were both scared, but we were alive. Looking back, I know we probably would have been thrown out of the truck and ended up dead if we hadn’t been buckled up.

After it happened, someone told me that pickup trucks are twice as likely as cars to roll over in a serious crash, and most people who aren’t buckled up when they’re in a rollover pickup truck crash end up dead. What happened to us could happen to anyone, so Trey and I have been trying to make sure everyone we know buckles up every time, no matter how far they’re going.

Our crashed truck has been part of some Click It or Ticket events, and thousands Texans have seen it. When people see how messed up the truck is, they can’t believe we walked away from that crash. We did get a little beat up, but that night we went to the fair and the next day we were able to show our animals. We even won Grand Reserve in our class, so that’s a pretty happy ending.”

junior in high school