Starting May 19 and continuing through June 1, the Amarillo Police Department will be participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign.
The department received a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation that will fund extra officers during this period, assigned to patrol and concentrate efforts on enforcement of seat belt and child restraint laws. Numerous extra officers will be out to focus on these violations during this period and enforcement will be strict.
Texas laws requires every person in a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt. Even passengers in the back seat must be secured. All vehicles are included.
Every child younger than 8 years old must be protected with a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4'9". The child seat must be used according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system. Many safety seat manufacturers specify that their seats are not to be used in the front seat of a vehicle.
Seat belts must be worn as they are designed to be used, not under an arm.
In 2013 there were 943 fatalities and 5,383 serious injuries in Texas resulting from crashes in which drivers or passengers were not wearing seat belts.
Wearing a seatbelt increases your chances of surviving a serious crash by 45 percent. Wearing your seatbelt will not only spare you the expense of a citation, it can save your life or protect you from serious injury. A recent survey conducted in Amarillo reflected that only 83.6 percent of drivers are wearing their seatbelts.