Closer Look Wrap Up: 2/26/14
The Texas Department of Transportation has added a new twist on a familiar message in an effort to get teens to buckle up every time they get in a vehicle. We talked with Gene Powell with the local TXDOT office about this year’s teen Click It or Ticket Program.
He said TXDOT has launched a “Teen Click It or Ticket” campaign and it’s aimed at Texans ages 15-20. The new twist is that this year’s campaign will use animated characters featured in vine videos and a wrecked truck exhibit to highlight the consequences of not wearing a seat belt, which range from such things as costly tickets, lost driving privileges, injuries or even death.
Powell said that in there were 660 crashes in Texas in which unrestrained occupants between the ages of 15-20 sustained fatal or serious injuries. Of the 297 fatalities resulting from those crashes, 141 were people who were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.