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Teen Click It or Ticket Campaign

Valentine’s Day is coming, and it is a good time to remind your teens to love their lives and buckle up. As part of their annual effort to encourage teen drivers to buckle up, the Texas Department of Transportation is partnering with high schools across the state to promote the Teen Click It or Ticket Campaign to talk to teens about how buckling up can save their lives. More than 750 schools have signed up to participate in the campaign.  Every year, new teen drivers get behind the wheel in Texas, and unfortunately, vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths nationwide. Teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  During 2011 in Texas, there were 1,074 motor vehicle traffic crashes in which unrestrained teen occupants, ages 15-20, sustained fatal or serious injuries. And, nearly half of the 295 teen occupants, ages 15–20, killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were not wearing their safety belts at the time of the crash.  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent, Claudann M. Jones, from Shelby County reminds teens and their parents to know the Texas seat belt law. Since September 2009, all occupants of a vehicle, no matter their age, must be secured by a safety belt, no matter where they are seated in the vehicle. Unbuckled passengers could face fines from $25 to $200. Unbuckled drivers face fines of up to $250. All unbuckled passengers are cited individually.  Additionally, the Texas Graduated Driver License Program allows for license suspension if teens receive a seat belt citation. The Graduated Driver License law also prohibits teens from using a cell phone while driving.  Make sure that you remind your teens to love their lives and buckle up.

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