LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Click it or ticket, you've heard the phrase, but do you follow it? DPS urges Texas drivers to buckle to up or pay up this holiday weekend. As you head out for your Memorial Day Weekend plans, Lubbock County officials want one phrase to stick in your mind.
Department of Public Safety Corporal John Gonzalez says the number of those who don't wear a seatbelt has increased nationwide. "What are we going to have to do, how many more children are going to have to die, how many more people are going to have to be thrown out, adults, teenagers, to make an effort that people will notice and put those seatbelts on," said Gonzalez.
It only takes four seconds to buckle your seatbelt, but those four seconds, could be the difference between life or death. A tragic reminder of that on Tuesday when a three year old girl died near Shallowater after being ejected from the car she was riding in because she was not in a car seat.
"Law enforcement sees the most tragic events that occur in the community, traffic accidents that have made a horrendous impact on families and impacted many, many lives," said Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez.
DPS wants to remind Texans the law states anyone under 17-years-old must wear a seatbelt, the only passengers that can be unrestrained are those who are in the back seat and 18 years of age or older.
Children should always be properly restrained."If they are under five they should most definitely, but there are car seats that go up to 60 or 100 pounds, so the child can stay in a high back booster or a no back booster for a longer period of time until that seatbelt will fit them correctly," said DPS Traffic Safety Specialist Karen Peoples.
A simple decision that can make all the difference. "I always ask the question why and I've never had an answer come back to me because it's always too late," said Gonzalez.
If you are driving, get pulled over, and do not have a seatbelt on, you could be fined anywhere from $25 all the way up to $200. If you are pulled over and your children are not restrained the fines range from $75 to $150 per child.
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