Contact Us

Pickups to be Targeted During ‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign

jdv, Flickr

There’s no doubt East Texans have a love affair with their pickups. In fact, one in four registered vehicles in the state of Texas are pickups. The sad news is, in a 2011 study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, only 80 percent of pickup truck drivers buckle up. This is compared to 90 percent of regular seat-belt users in all other types of vehicles.

One reason this is so dangerous is because pickups are twice as likely to roll over as passenger cars. In addition, studies show that passengers pickup trucks typically have a lower seat belt usage than passengers in other types of vehicles as well. Additionally, pickup truck drivers and passengers are typically younger and tend to be male.  Both of those categories tend to have a more “indestructible” feeling about them and tend to ignore the facts that seat belts save lives.

With all that being said, the ‘Click It or Ticket’ program is about to begin. It’s a two-week long program designed to emphasize the ease, and cost effectiveness of using a seat belt. This will be the 11th year for the program and it’s estimated to have saved 2,843 lives in Texas and prevented more than 48,000 serious injuries from crashes.

The ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign will run from May 21-June 3 which will include the Memorial Day weekend. During this time, extra law enforcement will be on the roads enforcing the seat belt and child restraint laws.

The campaign will also stress that under Texas Law, seat belt use is required for all passengers in the vehicle — not just the front seat anymore. And if saving lives isn’t enough, it’s not cheap if you’re caught. Fines for non-compliance can range from $25 to $250.

Best of 101.5 KNUE

Recommended for You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KNUE Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KNUE Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.