The Texas Department of Public Safety’s annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign will soon be underway, and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is lending a helping hand. According to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service safety expert, Texans think trucks “rock,” but they also need to know that they roll.
“Even though pickups are larger than cars and their owners tend to feel safer in them, they are twice as likely to roll over as passenger cars,” said Bev Kellner, Texas AgriLife Extension program specialist-passenger safety at Texas A&M University in College Station.
According to a 2011 study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, only 80 percent of pickup truck drivers buckle up, as compared with more than 90 percent of regular seat belt users in all other types of vehicles.
“Pickup truck drivers and their passengers also typically have a lower seat belt usage rate than drivers of other types of vehicles,” she said. “Statistically, pickup truck drivers and passengers are the least likely to buckle up. Also, one out of every two pickup truck drivers killed in a traffic crash in 2010 was not wearing a seat belt.”
The Click It or Ticket campaign time frame includes the Memorial Day weekend, and this year the campaign is scheduled for May 21-June 3. During this time, extra law enforcement representatives will be on the roads enforcing the seat belt and child restraint laws in an effort to save lives.