Fifteen years ago a campaign started to encourage people in Texas to put on their seat belt.  That was the "Click It or Ticket" campaign.   Each year hundreds almost thousands of people die in car accidents because they did not have their seat belt on.

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The Amarillo Police Department along with  the Texas Department of Transportation will kickoff "Click It or Ticket" on Friday with a event at the Texas Travel Information Center at 9am.   Then on Monday, May 22nd, and lasting through June 4th, Amarillo Police officers will be concentrating on seat belt violations. Not only will they be focusing on motorists wearing seat belts, they will also be looking for child restraint violations.

Now remember, even people in the backseat must be buckled in. So if you have people riding in your backseat, then make sure they put their seat belt on before you move the vehicle. Texas law requires that each person in the vehicle must be secured by a seat belt.

When it comes to children, all children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or a booster seat unless they are taller than 4 ft. 9 inches.

During 2016, 994 fatalities occurred on Texas roads and highways because people weren't wearing their seat belts.

Click It or Ticket isn't about handing out tickets, it is about the safety of our citizens.

Don't become a statistic, make sure you and your passengers are safe by wearing your seat belt.

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