Police Chief Joe Treviño said his officers will be strictly enforcing Texas’ seat belt law in the next few weeks, May 21 through June 3, during the Click it or Ticket campaign.
The crackdown, encouraged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation, is designed to reduce deaths and injuries related to traffic accidents.
“Too many drivers and passengers on the road at night are not wearing their seat belts,” Treviño said. “It all too often ends in tragedy.”
The chief said the goal of state and local police agencies is to save lives by enforcing the seat belt laws.
“There always will be zero tolerance for seat belt law violators,” Treviño said. But Beeville Police Department patrol officers will be paying special attention to drivers in coming weeks.
According to NHTSA records, 61 percent of the 10,647 drivers and passengers killed in highway accidents 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. were not wearing seat belts.
Younger motorists and men are more likely to be at risk. According to national reports based on accidents during 2010, 62 percent of the 18-34-year-olds killed in traffic accidents were not wearing seat belts. The number jumped to 66 percent when just men in that age group were included.
That was the highest percentage of any group, according to the study.