As Memorial Day weekend quickly approaches, local law enforcement is reminding motorists to drive safely.
The eyes of the Texas Department of Public Safety will be upon you. As increased amounts of people are expected to be on the roads, so too will increased numbers of state troopers and police.
"There's five times a year we really push having everyone on the highway and looking for traffic violations, and Memorial Day is one of them," said Eddie Carmon with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Click it or Ticket campaign is in full force, and the fines for not buckling up can be costly. In fact, it could run you $200 or more.
However, it's a cost that could save your life. Officials say the success rate of the campaign goes up a little each year.
"It's risen from about 75-80 percent, then this last year it just broke 90 percent," Carmon said. "A little over 90 percent of people in Texas are wearing safety restraints."
However, that still leaves 10 percent that like to bend the rules.
"Ninety percent of the wrecks that happen are because somebody disobeys a traffic law," Carmon said.
That's why both police and state troopers will be out in full force over the weekend. Officials say their increased presence on the roads creates a "halo" effect. Although you may not be familiar with the term, more than likely you are familiar with the actions.
For example, you're driving on the road, see a police car, and immediately slam on the brakes to slow down. Some people even slow down to below the speed limit.
"When the police are out there, and the police are close, people feel like they're watching, they'll straighten up and drive right," Carmon said.
It's that model behavior law enforcement hopes to see over the weekend. Some say the campaigns' strict fines play a big part in reminding them to buckle up for each ride.
"You can get up to a $200 fine if you don't," Brazos County Resident Greg Moore.
Others say buckling up is just part of their routine.
"It's an automatic habit when I get in the car to buckle up," Brazos County Resident Kate Davis said.
However, whatever your reasoning behind it may be, officials say before you hit the road, you must fasten up. Otherwise, be prepared to face the consequences.
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