Only 70 percent of people under the age of 17 regularly fasten their seat belts, according to The Texas Department of Transportation. Due to the high number of injuries and fatalities among unbuckled teens, this year's campaign places special emphasis on getting 16-20-year olds to fasten their safety belts.
Anyone caught driving or riding in front or back seats without a seatbelt will be issued tickets which could result in fines of $200. Adults will also be ticketed for failure to secure children in seat belts or child safety seats.
TxDOT's campaign runs from May 7 to May 31.
Wearing a safety belt in a passenger vehicle increases the odds of surviving a serious crash by 50 percent. For those riding in pickup trucks, the odds get even better-chances for survival increase by 60 percent, according to TxDOT.