|Where:||Lubbock County Courthouse Gazebo, 904 Broadway, Lubbock, TX|
|When:||Friday, May 19, at 10 a.m.|
|Media||TxDOT along with its safety education partners, Texas Department of Public Safety, City of Lubbock, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and local first responders will hold a press conference and announcement of TxDOT’s 15th annual Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement and public awareness campaign.|
LUBBOCK — This year the Texas Department of Transportation marks the 15th anniversary of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign dedicated to preventing serious injuries and fatalities by reminding drivers and passengers about the importance of wearing a seat belt and the fines they face for not buckling up. From May 22 to June 4, law enforcement officials will increase efforts to ticket drivers and passengers not wearing a seat belt, especially at night.
In 2002, only 76 percent of Texans wore seat belts. Today nearly 92 percent buckle up. But 8 percent still don’t, and that unbelted number doubles to 16 percent at night, when more fatalities occur. Last year 62 percent of the 994 unbelted fatalities occurred at night, and total unbelted fatalities increased 9 percent over 2015.
In 2016, there were 69 motor vehicle traffic crashes in the Lubbock District in which unrestrained occupants sustained fatal or serious injuries. These crashes resulted in 29 fatalities and 52 serious injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that since its inception in 2002, the Texas “Click It or Ticket” campaign has resulted in 5,068 fewer traffic fatalities while preventing 86,359 serious injuries and saving more than $19.3 billion in related economic costs.
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