LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Texas Department of Transportation kicked off its 16th annual seat belt campaign "Click It or Ticket".
The agency said statewide seat belt use continues to increase, reaching nearly 92 percent, yet 929 unbuckled Texans died in traffic crashes in 2017. This Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officers will increase their efforts by pulling over any passengers not buckled.
"If you're not wearing a seatbelt, your children are not secured by a seatbelt, you significantly increase your chances of dying in a crash or seriously being injured," said Judge April Earley. "So we want to implore people and remind people that to save your life that you should just put on a seatbelt."
TxDOT said wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent. That number jumps to 60 percent for pickup trucks.