As officers across the nation patrolled the streets for the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the San Diego Police Department addressed the students at San Diego ISD on the importance of wearing seat belts.
The campaign continues until Saturday, June 4. Motorists who don’t buckle up in compliance with state seat belt laws face fines and court cost.
San Diego Police Chief Richard Nava encourages all vehicle passengers to wear their seat belts.
Students at Collins-Parr Elementary received coloring books donated by the Texas Department of Transportation. Little Scholars and the San Diego Annex Learning Center also received reading books on the campaign for parents with information on car seats.
According to Nava, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2017 National Click It or Ticket cracking down on motorists who are not belted. Even unharnessed passengers will be ticketed.
When the campaign launched in 2002, only 76 percent of Texans used their seat belts. Today, nearly 92 percent buckle up.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that since its inception 15 years ago, the Texas “Click It or Ticket” campaign has saved 5,068 lives, prevented 86,359 serious injuries and saved Texas more than $19.3 billion in related economic costs.
According to Department of Public Safety website, your seat belt is the single most effective safety device in your vehicle.
Seat belt are designed to keep motorists from being thrown into the dashboard or windshield — or even onto the road.
Driver or passenger, front seat or back, state law requires everyone in the vehicle to be buckled up. Not buckling up could cost you up to $200 in court costs and fines or worse, according to the DPS website.
For more information on the campaign visit www.texasclickitorticket.com.