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5/27/10

Law Enforcement encourages safety this Memorial Day Weekend

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Memorial Day weekend is almost here.  That means a lot of folks are going to be out on area roadways, and so will local law enforcement.

The special Click It or Ticket campaign started Monday. Folks have probably seen the signs flashing along the south Loop 289 to remind them.

Since the campaign started back in 2002, organizers say they've seen a dramatic increase in the number of folks who put their seatbelts on, going from 76% to almost 93%. That's great, because AAA Texas estimates 2.5-million will travel this weekend, and most will drive.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people between four and 44-years-old. Last year, more than 3,400 people in Texas died in a traffic crash.

This year, folks also need to remember a new law that requires all people in the vehicle to wear a seatbelt, and passengers can be held responsible if they don't. "Depending on the age of the person that's sitting in the backseat or even in the passenger front seat, if they're 16 or older, law enforcement can issue the citation to that person," TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist Karen Peoples said. 

Peoples also says folks need to remember the new booster seat law for children younger than eight years old. They need to be in a booster, unless they're taller than 4'9". Officers have issued warnings so far, but starting Monday, they'll issue tickets. "They've given an ample amount of time, since September, to make sure that everybody could be in compliance with those seats," Peoples said. 

According to the Texas Transportation Institute, the folks most likely not to buckle up continue to be men, teenaged boys, and pick-up drivers.

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