In Texas, teen drivers have the highest incidence of unbuckled fatalities. In 2009, 53 percent of the teen drivers and passengers ages 15-20 killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes were not wearing their safety belts at the time of the crash.
TxDOT has launched a public awareness campaign aimed at increasing teen safety belt use. In February and October, high schools across the state will receive materials to display on their campus that encourage teen drivers to buckle up and to visit SeatBeltsRock.com.
Public service announcements remind teen drivers that safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect drivers and passengers and to reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. Violators face fines and license suspension:
It's important that all people in the car " in the front or back seat " remember to buckle up.