The Annual Click It or Ticket Campaign Kicks Off Monday

More Texans are dying because they're not wearing seat belts. 

TxDOT reports more than 900 lives lost last year an 9% increase from 2015.

But local law enforcement is helping to curb those numbers.

This month marks the 15th Anniversary of “Click it or Ticket.” It's a campaign urging Texans to buckle up. 

Starting this Monday until June 4th, we're told local law enforcement will step up their seat belt enforcement efforts.

Officials say wearing a seat belt helps keep you from being thrown in a crash.

It also increases your chances of surviving by 45% in a car and up to 60% in a truck. 

"No matter how tired we may grow of saying the same thing over and over. Repetition is the key. We have to keep reminding people to wear their seat belts. Because if you don't click it, you're going to get a ticket. The police are going to be out there for the next several weeks, increased law enforcement from Amarillo police department to the department of public safety," said Sonja Gross, TxDOT Public Information Officer.

In Texas, the law requires everyone in a car to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200.

Children younger than eight years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they’re taller than 4 feet 9 inches.

If they aren’t properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250 plus court costs.

Gross says they kick off the campaign every May because it's the start of the travel season.

We're told in Amarillo eight people have died in traffic accidents, two of those were not wearing a seatbelt.


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