Memorial Day travel numbers up in Texas

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 05/26 2014 06:26AM

Updated 05/26 2014 06:37AM

AAA Texas forecasts that many more Texans will be traveling this Memorial Day Weekend when compared to last year.

An estimated 3 million Texans will pack their bags and head out of town for the unofficial start of the 2014 summer travel season.

With many more drivers expected to be on Texas roadways, law enforcement officers across the Lone Star State will be out in full force.

It's part of the enforcement period of TxDOT's "Click It or Ticket" campaign, ticketing drivers and passengers for not wearing their seat belts or not properly buckling up their children in booster seats or child safety seats.

This year's Memorial Day weekend could result in more citations than ever before.

Many drivers and passengers are still unaware of safety belt requirements enacted into law in 2009.

All passengers in the back seat must now be buckled up, and children younger than 8-years-old have to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4'9".

Fines can go up to $200 per individual not buckled up, including court costs.

According to TxDOT data, in 2013, Texas saw a total of 590 traffic crashes during the Memorial Day Holiday that resulted in serious injuries or fatalities.

As a result of these crashes, 36 people died and 791 people sustained serious injuries.

Wearing a seat belt increases the chances of surviving a serious crash by 45%.

In pickup trucks, that number jumps to 60% as those vehicles are more likely than cars to roll over in a crash.

In roll-over crashes, seat belts help keep occupants from being ejected from the vehicle.

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