Click It or Ticket Campaign: 15 Years of Success in Texas
Written by greg on June 16, 2017
May 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the inception of the Texas “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The Click It or Ticket campaign is designed to encourage Texans to put on their seatbelts when in automobiles. The Click It or Ticket program has been deemed highly successful.
Click It or Ticket Program Milestones
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has tracked the successes of the Texas Click It or Ticket campaign during the past 15 years. The NHTSA reports that the program has resulted in 5,068 fewer traffic fatalities in the Lone Star State since it began in 2002.
In addition to a significant reduction in fatalities, the Click It or Ticket program has prevented more than 86,000 serious injuries on Texas roadways. The campaign has $19.3 billion in accident-related financial loss savings.
Buckle Up Awareness
In 2002, when Click It or Ticket started, approximately 76% of Texans buckled up when they road in a car. That figure has risen to 92% today. With this achievement noted, almost 1,000 people died in the state of Texas in accidents because they were not wearing seatbelts. In other words, had these people buckled up, their lives likely would have been spared in car accidents.
Wearing a seatbelt significantly helps automobile occupants from being seriously injured in crashes. Wearing a seatbelt includes a major decrease in the prospect of being ejected from a car during an accident.
Seatbelts increase the odds of surviving a car accident by 45%. They increase the chances of surviving a truck accident by 60%.
Texas Seatbelt Law
The Texas seatbelt law requires everyone in a motor vehicle to buckle up. If this does not occur, a person who does not buckle up faces the prospect of fines and court costs of up to $200.
The requirements of the seatbelt law also extend to children. Children under the age of eight years must be in an appropriate safety seat unless they are taller than 4’9”. If a child is not restrained as required by the law, the driver faces fines up to $250, plus an additional amount for court costs.
Beginning on May 22 and lasting through June 4, 2017, law enforcement officials across the state of Texas will be stepping up seatbelt enforcement as part of the Click It or Ticket campaign. In fact, the Click It or Ticket campaign will be up and running in all 50 states during this period.
Not Using a Seatbelt an Issue in Lawsuits
If you were injured in a car wreck and not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, your failure to wear your seatbelt will become an issue in the personal injury case.
Call us for a no obligation consultation on a personal injury matter- Baumgartner Law Firm (281) 587-1111.
Texas Department of Transportation: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/media-center/statewide-news/010-2017.html