101.5 KNUE logo
Get our free mobile app

If you drive in Texas you know the law, buckle up every time you get behind the wheel. That doesn't only apply to just the driver, but all passengers in your vehicle. With the Memorial Day weekend holiday and summer travel season upon us, TxDOT reminds us to 'Click It Or Ticket'.  So buckle up Texas.

With more people on the road traveling for the holiday to visit family and friends, either here in East Texas or farther away, there is a greater chance that you could be involved in an accident with another vehicle, and wearing your seat belt could save your life and the lives of your passengers.

This year TxDOT is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 'Ticket Or Click It' campaign in Texas. The program launched in 2002 and is believed to have saved nearly 7000 lives, prevented nearly 120,000 serious injuries and saved $26.3 billion in economic costs. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in 2021, 1,226 people who died in vehicle crashes were not wearing their seatbelts. That's an average of three per day on Texas roads.

As the driver of a vehicle, if you are not belted in or any of your passengers are not seat belted, law enforcement could issue you a citation for yourself and for each of your passengers that are not wearing a seat belt. Texas law enforcement will be stepping their efforts through June 5th to make sure all drivers are wearing their seat belts properly, if not, they could get a ticket.

Seat belts save lives template.
Getty Images/iStockphoto

Here is a scary and sobering statistic about Texas roadways, since November 7, 2000, there hasn't been a day go by that someone hasn't been killed on a Texas road says Texas DPS (KETK). That's 7,864 consecutive days, including today, May 25, 2022, that someone had died while on a Texas road.

As we celebrate and remember those who lost their lives while fighting for our county this weekend, let's make sure we all buckle up when we get into our car, truck or SUV.

Stay Away From Tyler's 15 Most Accident Prone Intersections and Streets

While vehicle accidents can occur wherever we drive, there are certain areas in Tyler that seem to have a higher number of traffic accidents than others. The following is a gallery of 15 Tyler intersections that had the most accidents in 2021 according to Tyler Police Department data.

These 10 Longview Intersections Had The Most Accidents In 2021

Longview drivers are not invincible when it comes to traffic accidents, these Longview intersections saw the most accidents in 2021 according to a report from the Longview Police Department.

Kilgore Police Discussing Safety

Here are some messages from the Kilgore Police reminding residents that they are safe.

3 Most Wanted Fugitives Out of Henderson County, Texas

Sheriff Hillhouse is asking for assistance locating these three fugitives who are currently the most wanted out of Henderson County, Texas.

More From 101.5 KNUE