TxDOT kicks off ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign to save lives, reduce injuries in crashes

Compelling crash sculpture featured as reminder

The Texas Department of Transportation is launching its annual Click It or Ticket seat belt safety campaign to reduce the number of unrestrained drivers and passengers who are killed and seriously injured every year in traffic crashes.

This year’s campaign features David and Wendy Mills of Spring, TX, who lost their daughter, Kailee, in a crash two years ago. Kailee was involved in a crash moments after she un-buckled her seatbelt to take a “selfie.”

At the Wednesday morning press conference, TxDOT unveiled a unique sculpture that reenacts the crash that killed Kailee. The installation captures a car in mid-air just prior to impact and displays what was happening inside the car before it rolled over. People can look through the windows of the just-airborne sedan to see all the details of this one tragic moment. Nearby, video kiosks will narrate the story.

Seat belts protect motorists by keeping them safely within the vehicle instead of being tossed around or ejected during a crash, which is almost always deadly. Wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of dying in a crash by 45% in a passenger vehicle and up to 60% in a pickup truck.

In 2018, there were 2,623 Texas crashes in which unbuckled people sustained fatal or serious injuries.

With all of this in mind, Texas law enforcement officers will increase their efforts from May 20 to June 2 to ticket unbelted drivers and passengers, especially at night, as part of the Click It or Ticket initiative.

Texas law requires the driver and all passengers in a vehicle to be secured by a seat belt. Unbuckled drivers and passengers, even those in the back seat, face fines and court costs of up to $200.​