Click it or Ticket: Vidor launches enforcement campaign


The Vidor Police Department (VPD) launched its 2017 Click it or Ticket enforcement campaign on Monday, May 22, Chief Rod Carroll reports, and drivers beware! Fasten your seatbelts or be prepared to pay the consequences - like the citations you'll receive if fail to adhere to safety standards and follow the law.

The ­VPD and hundreds of other law enforcement agencies are mobilizing throughout the state for the annual “Click It or Ticket” safety belt enforcement campaign. In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200. Children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4-foot-9. If they are not properly restrained, the driver faces fines up to $250 plus court costs.

Seat belts save lives, asserts DPS.

"Wearing a seat belt helps keep you from being ejected in a crash and increases your chances of surviving by 45 percent in a passenger vehicle and up to 60 percent in a pickup truck," DPS stated. "Through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation, we will ramp up our enforcement efforts from May 22 to June 4 to ticket drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belts, especially at night."

Chief Carroll said he has seen firsthand the devastation that can result from now wearing safety belts while traveling in vehicles.

“In my nearly 30 years in law enforcement, I have seen the tragedy of individuals choosing not to wear their seatbelts and have had the unfortunate task of telling a family that their child did not survive a traffic accident because they made a choice not to wear a seatbelt," Carroll recalled. "Plain and simple: Seatbelts save lives."

Memorial Day falls in the middle of the enforcement period and marks the traditional start of summer, said Carroll, when many people take to the road to enjoy the long weekend with friends and family.  

"This is a perfect time of the year to encourage drivers to be safe and buckle up," he encouraged.