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Sugar Land Police Department
Thursday, May 26, 2011
‘Click It or Ticket’ Mobilization to Boost Safety Belt Use and Save Lives
Sugar Land, Texas
– Sugar Land police are joining state and local law enforcement agencies through June 5 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on safety belt violations and reduce highway fatalities.
SLPD will implement the program citywide with concentrated attention on the following intersections: Lexington Boulevard and Colonist Park Drive, First Colony Boulevard and Colony Lakes Drive, State Highway 6 and First Colony, Eldridge Road and West Airport, U.S Highway 59 feeder road and Sweetwater Boulevard, State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 59, and State Highway 6 and Kensington Boulevard.
Both front and rear passengers must buckle up, and children younger than 8 years old have to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Drivers with children in the vehicle will be cited if their young passengers are not properly secured. Fines range from $25 to $250 plus court costs.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, unrestrained occupants represent more than 31 percent of the annual fatalities in Texas and more than 8 percent of annual serious injuries.
“Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes,” said Sgt.
Wayne Coleman, of the SLPD Traffic Division. “When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent – in pickup trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.”
The enforcement crackdown is funded by a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program grant from the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $5,000. The money will be used to pay for overtime to put additional officers on the street.
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