Spike in traffic deaths in 2020 due to people not wearing a seat belt

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HOUSTONTexas (KIAH) Here at CW39 NO WAIT WEATHER + TRAFFIC, we talk about traffic and how you can take precautions to keep you and your family safe. We talk about that all the time.

On Friday, we revisited the topic of seat belt safety because the Texas Department of Public Safety says there was a spike in deaths due to people not wearing a seat belt.

It looks like some drivers in Texas are forgetting to do one thing. It’s also one of the most important things – to buckle up!

Last year, Texas saw a 16 percent increase in deaths for people not wearing their seat belts. That’s over 1,000 people who died.

the u.s department of transportation says —- most people believe if they’re traveling short distances…about 20 miles or less… they don’t need to wear a seat belt because their chances of getting into an accident are less….. 

Safety officers say this is not true. This is concerning because Texas is a state that has primary seat belt law. This means law enforcement officers can ticket a driver or passenger for not wearing a seat belt without any other violation taking place. In other words, you can be pulled over for not buckling up. 

On a different note, the time of day can also increase your chances of dying in a car crash if you don’t wear your seat belt.

Law enforcement reports that 59 percent of car crashes at night resulted in unbuckled drivers dying. Data also shows that fewer people wear a seat belt on streets compared to the highways.

According to TxDOT, If you’re a front-seat passenger, wearing your seat belt reduces your chances of dying in a car crash by 45 percent. For people in pick-up trucks, it’s 60 percent.

In fact, officials say pick-up drivers and passengers are the least likely to wear a seat belt. In Texas, the law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs up to $200.

All children younger than 8-years-old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they’re taller than 4 feet 9 inches.

Like law enforcement officers always say, “Click it, or ticket.”

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