Texas law requires everyone in the vehicle to wear their seatbelt, so law enforcement is reminding the public to buckle up.
LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - Laredo police kicked off the annual ‘Click It or Ticket Campaign.’ They are trying to spread the message that seat belts save lives.
"I was pulled over because I didn't have my seat belt on."
Oscar Macias learned his lesson. He was one of many the Laredo police stopped Tuesday for not wearing a seat belt. Laredo police officer Manuel Lara has been on the job for over a decade. He said seat belts could have prevented many injuries.
"We see the injuries, the extensive injuries of not wearing a seat belt. It could be from a broken arm, severed limb, internal injuries. In which you do wear a seat belt, you would more likely be safe."
Wearing a seat belt increases your chances of surviving a serious crash by 45-percent. Last year alone, there were over 900 fatalities in the state of Texas from crashes where the driver or passengers were not wearing their seat belt.
It's the law for everyone in the vehicle to wear a seat belt, whether in the front seat or back. A good way to remember is to buckle up as soon as you get into the car. Macias said he learned to wear it, and encourages other drivers to do so as well.
"It's important because in a blink of an eye, something can happen. I mean a crash; you don't know the person in front of you, what's going on. So, in any second, something could happen."
The Click It or Ticket campaign will last until June 1st.