Police officers in Hitchcock, Santa Fe and Kemah will be keeping a sharp eye out for drivers’ seat belts from May 19 through June 3.

The three agencies are ramping up traffic safety and enforcement efforts as part of a statewide “Click It or Ticket” initiative with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The April 24 death of an infant in a car accident on the Galveston Causeway drives home the importance of seat belt use and child safety laws in vehicles, Hitchcock Police Chief Clay Kennelly said.

The initiative is an opportunity to educate motorists on the importance of child safety and seat belt use, as well as the dangers of driving while impaired and other unsafe driving practices, according to the Department of Public Safety.

In 2013, about 1,500 of the 3,371 people killed in traffic accidents in Texas were not wearing seat belts, according to state statistics. 

People wearing seat belts in a major accident have a 45 percent better chance of surviving a crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s figures.

Children younger than 8 are required by state law to be secured in child safety seats, and unbuckled adult drivers and passengers can be fined up to $200.

For more information, visit TexasClickItOrTicket.com.

 

Contact reporter Alex Macon at 409-683-5241 or alex.macon@galvnews.com.

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