HPD Joins Click It or Ticket Enforcement; Unbuckled
Motorists Risk Getting a Ticket
May 18, 2006 -- From May 22
through June 4, 2006 the Houston Police Department will be out
in force, participating in the statewide "Click It or Ticket"
enforcement education campaign. The goal is to make motorists
aware that wearing a seatbelt is not only a good idea that saves
lives, it's the law in Texas.
Officers will also be citing motorists for DWI
violations, moving violations (stop sign, illegal turns) and intersection
traffic control violations (running red lights). "We want
to educate and encourage motorists to modify unacceptable driving
habits that lead to accidents, serious injuries and property damage,"
said HPD Traffic Enforcement Sergeant A.J. Washington. Officers
will also be checking to see if motorists have any felony, misdemeanor
and traffic warrants from the city, county and DPS (Department
of Public Safety). Motorists are reminded to keep their valid
insurance card in their vehicle and renew expired registration
and inspection stickers.
During the same reporting period for this enforcement
last year, the Houston Police Department wrote 4105 citations
for seatbelt violations and 346 citations for child safety seat
violations. Not having a child in an approved child safety seat
is one of the most dangerous things you can do to cause your child
serious injury or death.
In 2005, Texas seatbelt usage increased 7% moving
up from 83.2% to 89.9%. For the State of Texas, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration estimates that up to 185 fatalities
and 3,000 serious injuries will be prevented and $600 million
in economic costs saved. "Law enforcement agencies will be
writing tickets to people who just don't get it yet. It's simple
- - Click It or Ticket," Sergeant Washington added.
During this campaign, the Houston Police Department
will also focus attention on educating occupants of pickup trucks.
It is estimated that well over a million pickup truck drivers
and passengers in a five-state region are still not buckling up,
resulting in more than 1,000 deaths every year in traffic crashes.
A pickup truck is twice as likely as a passenger car to roll over
and result in a fatality. A person reduces their risk of dying
in a rollover crash by up to 80% when they wear a seatbelt.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at