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      TxDOT kicks off "Click It or Ticket"

      T he T exas D epartment of T ransportation launched their 12th annual "C lick I t or T icket" campaign earlier today. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the year when automakers were first required to install seat belts in all vehicles. The campaign runs from May 20- June 2, 2013.

      TxDOT, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are reminding drivers and passengers that officers will be ticketing those who are not buckled up.

      "In the Amarillo district, 63% of the persons who were killed or injured were not wearing their seat belts," said Texas DPS Public Information Officer Chris Ray. "about 72% of the unrestrained occupants were ejected, and 100% of those who were ejected were not wearing their seat belts."

      The Texas Department of Safety warns that unbuckled occupants face fines up to $200, plus court costs. Last year, more than 21,000 seat belt citations were issued during the "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

      According to TxDOT, T exas has made seat belt safety a major priority and is proud to say it's one of the most buckled up states in the country. W hen the "Cl ick I t or T icket" campaign began in 2002 , only 67% of Texans wore seat belts. Today, 94% of drivers or passengers are wearing proper seat belts.

      "In 2012, DPS Troopers issued more than 48,000 seat belt citations, and more than 17,500 safety belt citations," said Ray. "Those are numbers that are too high for us to ignore, so that's why we are part of the Click It or Ticket Campaign."