Seatbelts for back seat passengers and booster seats now required - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/3/10

Seatbelts for back seat passengers and booster seats now required

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Texas Department of Transportation's 9th annual Click It or Ticket spring campaign kicked off Monday with a warning to drivers and passengers to fasten their safety belts or expect a ticket.

Transportation officials say state laws enacted in 2009 could mean more tickets this year if drivers and passengers don't abide by the new law.

For the first time, all passengers in the back seat now must be buckled up, and children younger than 8-years-old have to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. Fines range from $25 to $250 plus court costs.

Thousands of state troopers will join police officers and sheriffs' deputies statewide to step up enforcement of the state's safety belt laws between May 24 and June 6, including the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

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