LAREDO, TX – What happens after a Click It or Ticket (CIOT) campaign is over? Drivers and passengers cited by law enforcement for seat belt infractions and no child car seats go to court and pay fines. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to be buckled up, including back seat passengers.
CIOT is law enforcement campaign to get driver and passengers to “Buckle Up.” While CIOT is primarily designed as a law enforcement campaign, traffic safety education is also a part of the initiative.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Webb Co. Constables Rodolfo ”Rudy” Rodriguez (Pct. 1) and Mike Villarreal (Pct. 2), child passenger safety (CPASS) technicians and Webb Co. Justice of the Peace Oscar R. Liendo (Precinct 1, Place 2) teamed up today to help drivers and passengers stay safe on Texas roads and city streets.
Participants received classroom and hands-on instruction on how to safely secure themselves and children in their child safety seats. Today, twenty-two children’s lives were saved by properly securing them in the right seat.
“It’s really not about the ticket or paying fines, but about saving lives,” said Blanca Trevino-Castro, Laredo District Traffic Safety Specialist, as she interviewed on camera with a television reporter.
Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children one to 13 years old in the United States according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Child safety seats help save lives, reduce injuries and are most effective when installed and used correctly. Properly installed child safety seats and boosters offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash.