The Texas Department of Transportation launched its 12th annual Click It or Ticket campaign in Austin.
"The cost of not wearing seat belts is far greater than a ticket or fine," said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director. "Simply put, a seat belt could save your life. Public awareness is working, but we still see some teenagers, pickup truck passengers and rural Texans who aren't buckling up."
As part of the Click It or Ticket initiative, law enforcement officials across the state will look for and ticket unbuckled drivers and passengers in an effort to raise safety awareness and prevent fatalities.
By Texas law, all occupants of a vehicle, including back seat passengers, must wear a seat belt.
Each unbuckled occupant faces a ticket and fines up to $200, plus court costs.
Learn more about Click It or Ticket by liking the TxDOT Facebook page at www.face book.com/txdot or visiting www.texasclickitorticket.com.