Saved by the belt

Buckling up is your best bet to prevent serious injury or death in a crash. Crashes where the victims aren’t wearing safety belts can be deadly. People who aren’t buckled up are often thrown out of their car or truck, and sometimes the vehicle rolls over them.

What could happen if you’re not buckled:
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Buckling up in the back seat

Unbelted backseat passengers can become projectiles in a car crash: they can be tossed around inside the vehicle and even can injure or kill those in the front seat.

Riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are at 54% more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants in passenger cars and 75% more likely in passenger vans and SUVs.

Here's the law

Attention all adults

It’s simple. Texas law requires drivers and all passengers in a vehicle to be secured by a safety belt. Yes, that means unbuckled adult passengers in the back seat now can get tickets, too.

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Kids are covered, too.

Children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless
they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches. Fines are up to $250 plus court costs.

Find out which safety seat is right for your child.
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