Wichita Falls, TX -
Nearly 300 hundred teens died on Texas roads last year and with spring break right around the corner the Texas Department of Transportation wants to remind teens to "Click it or ticket."
Some of us buckle up immediately when we get into our vehicles and others do not. TxDOT officials say those who have made it a habit to fasten their seat belts when getting into a vehicle are increasing their safety when driving or riding on Texas highways.
According to TxDOT over the last few years on average about 300 drivers and passengers, ages 15-20 have died as a result of traffic crashes. Nearly 50 percent of them killed were not wearing their seat belts at impact.
Adele Lewis, Public Information Officer with TxDot says it can promote its "Click it or ticket" campaign every year, but addressing this problem starts at home.
She said teaching your child to buckle up at a young age can be a life saver riding or when its time for them to get behind the wheel.
"If you get your kids when they're two or three to be buckled into their little car seats and do it for themselves," said Lewis. "Well, you started a habit that will last for a lifetime and save their lives."
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says properly worn lap-shoulder seat belts reduce the risk of death to people sitting in the front seat by 45 percent.
Texas law says anyone riding in a vehicle must where a seat belt. If stopped by law enforcement and you do not, you can face up to a $200 fine.
To take the pledge to "Click it or ticket," visit
or you can tweet "I pledge to #ClickIt @TXDOT"
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