The Longview Police Department is joining forces with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and local law enforcement agencies to increase seat belt awareness heading into the busy summer driving season starting with Memorial Day weekend.
State law requires everyone in a vehicle to buckle up or face fines and court costs of up to $200. Children younger than 8 years must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they’re taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
“While many drivers and passengers have made a habit of buckling up, we still see an alarming number of nighttime motorists and pickup truck drivers and passengers who are lagging behind the rest of the state in seat belt use,” said Chris Clark, Sergeant. “That’s unfortunate because the few seconds it takes to fasten your seat belt can mean the difference between life and death in a crash.
Law enforcement will be “stepped up” for the state’s seat belt laws between May 20 and June 2.
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