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What You May Be Missing at Night

Posted on May 1, 2019

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 of fatal crashes in Texas happen at night. And last year (2018), of all Texas crashes in which people died and weren’t wearing a seat belt, 60% of those happened at night. So, whether it’s day or night, remember to buckle your seat belt for safety.

Terry Pence, TxDOT Traffic Safety Director, warns motorists, “In 2018 more than 2,623 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.

Posted by TxDOT Traffic SafetyShare

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