LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Vehicle safety: it's something that is taught since you're a kid, but sometimes falls on deaf ears.
"The good thing with car seats is that all federal manufacturers have to meet the same federal regulation standards across the board," said Sgt. John Gonzales, with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Gonzales explains the importance of buckling up, saying that sometimes they see accident deaths with no blood at all.
"There are three different crashes that occur in a crash," Gonzales stated. "That's the exterior crash that's outside the vehicle, the interior crash of what you're doing inside the vehicle, and the last thing is your internal organs that are still traveling inside your body."
Gonzales says that people become complacent when it comes to buckling in themselves or their kids, with most crashes happening within just twenty to twenty five miles of their home. But there are some serious consequences to face on the chance that you don't properly protect your children.
"What happens to them, can come back and result back to you as a misdemeanor charge for a citation, or it could be up to a criminal charge that you could see being arrestable and fined and being imprisoned for," Gonzales said.