The Click it or Ticket campaign ran from May 19 through June 1. The Amarillo Police Department had received a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to fund extra officers to concentrate on and enforce seatbelt and child restraint laws during that period.
During this effort, there were 214 seatbelt citations issued, nine child restraint citations issued, 78 speeding citations issued, and 225 citations for "other violations" were issued. Grant funded officers made six municipal misdemeanor level arrests and one county court charge level arrest, serving 24 warrants in the course of the arrests. One of the arrests was for the offense of possession of marijuana.
A survey of four different locations within the city was completed prior to the beginning of the campaign. It revealed a seatbelt usage rate of 83.6 percent. A survey of the same four locations was completed after the enforcement period, and it revealed a seatbelt usage rate of 90.2 percent. That's an increase of 6.6 percentage points. If this seatbelt usage rate can continue to increase throughout the year, it will go far in reducing deaths and injuries from traffic collisions within the city.
Seatbelt and child restraint enforcement will continue to be strict in Amarillo even with the Click it or Ticket campaign coming to an end. The Amarillo Police Dept. currently has a comprehensive traffic grant from the Texas Department of Transportation that funds extra officers to concentrate enforcement efforts on DWI, Speeding, Seatbelt, and Child Restraint laws throughout the year. Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 45 percent for car occupants and 60 percent for light truck occupants.