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In 2022, more than one thousand drivers and passengers died in Texas because they didn't take one simple step to protect themselves. Buckle Up.

The Texas Department of Transportation says that wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a car wreck by 45%. And it's simple to do. All you have to do is "click it" when you first get in your vehicle.

According to KSAT, more than 1,200 people died on Texas roads in 2022 which is up 2.5% from 2021. It's another reason why TxDOT is rolling out their "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

As for the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, there was a truck held up in the air in front of the Tobin Center, and the straps that are holding up the truck in mid air is the same material that seat belts are actually made of.

“It is the absolute best safety device that we have. Over the years, I’ve worked thousands of crashes and have a lot of experience in traffic and traffic investigations. And time and time again, we see horrific crashes with no injuries, because people wore their seatbelt,” Captain Michael Starnes, traffic and emergency operations section commander said.

Starnes said it is a common problem officers see all too often and one that can easily be solved.

“90 percent of people now, the studies tell us wear their seatbelts. 10 percent. Texas is a big state. That’s a lot of people not wearing their seat belts,” Starnes said.

During the "Click it or Ticket" campaign, officers will be paying close attention to seat belt violators, and that's one ticket you don't want to have to pay.

Just buckle up.

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