With Memorial Day weekend and the summer driving season on the horizon, it’s more important than ever for Texans to keep themselves and each other safe on the road.

That’s why the McKinney Police Department is joining forces once again with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and law enforcement agencies across Texas to ticket drivers and passengers who aren’t wearing their safety belts during this year’s Click It or Ticket campaign.

TxDOT's 11th annual Click It or Ticket spring campaign kicks off this week and will run through June 3. The campaign has a strong foundation as Texans are buckling up more than ever.

State law now requires that every person in a vehicle be secured by a seat belt whether riding in the front or back seat.

Fines and court costs for failing to fasten seat belts can add up to $250 or more.

According to TxDOT, nearly 3,000 people died in fatal collisions on Texas streets and highways last year, and almost half were not buckled up.

Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent, and in pickups, that number increases to 60 percent.

Visit www.texasclickitorticket.com for more information.

 

About the author: Anna Clark is communications and media manager for the City of McKinney.