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WilCo to step up seat belt enforcement May 22 - June 4

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Deputies with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up enforcement randomly beginning Tuesday, May 22 to June 4 as part of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign. 

“Seat belts due in fact save lives, and I encourage all Texans to make certain that they buckle up when they get in their vehicles” Sheriff Robert Chody said.  

The sheriff's office said that wearing a seat belt helps keep an occupant from being ejected in a crash and increases the chances of surviving by 45 percent in a passenger vehicle and up to 60 percent in a pickup truck.

In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle — including those in the back seat — to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200. Children younger than eight years must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they’re taller than 4 feet 9 inches. If they are not properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250 plus court costs.

Properly wearing a seat belt is the most effective way to prevent death or serious injury in the event of a crash, and it’s the law. Texas “Click It or Ticket” is part of a joint effort by DPS, the Texas Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and numerous city and county law enforcement agencies across the state.  

To learn more about “Click It or Ticket,” visit texasclickitorticket.com.

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