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TxDOT Begins 13th Annual Click It or Ticket Campaign

With Memorial Day approaching, the annual seat belt campaign is starting up.

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Brand new mom Virginia Endres knew the importance of strapping her infant in the car, but just didn’t follow through for her own safety last year.

“After two lacerations in my spleen, having brain bleeding, now having permanent plates and screws in my face after having a broken jaw and three facial fractures, the importance of a seat belt, it’s more than ever so important,” she said.

TxDOT is launching its 13th annual Click it or Ticket campaign to stress the importance of the strap that saves lives.

Ben Taub trauma surgeon Dr. Ken Mattox says with the emergency rooms so full, you’re better off buckling up.

“Summer is coming, and we want to take care of you.,” he said. “But if our operating rooms are packed, you may have to wait, even if it’s a life threatening crisis.”

Wearing a seat belt increases the chances of surviving a serious crash by 45 percent. In pickup trucks, that number jumps to 60 percent.

“Many, many times, we hear that if had they been wearing their seat belt, they would’ve not sustain the serious injuries that they did.”

Even so, Chief Armando Tello with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office says truckers are the biggest scofflaws.

“Pickups and drivers of these large commercial vehicles – more than normal we’ll see a lot of these drivers not wearing their seat belts. These are large vehicles that get involved in accidents, and cause more damage and injuries than really, any other normal day-to-day vehicle.”

A stepped-up seat belt enforcement period begins May 19. That’s when police will be ticketing drivers and passengers who are not buckled up.

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