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Authorities Kick Off the 12th Annual Click-It or Ticket Campaign

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - The 12th annual Click-It or Ticket campaign kicked off Friday with a reality check on the potential cost of not buckling up.

Representatives of the Texas Department of Transportation, local sheriff's departments, city police and Department of Public Safety officers gathered to remind everyone how many people people can lose their lives in accidents. In 2013, almost 3,400 Texans lost their lives in traffic crashes, and about 1,500 of them were not buckled up.

Taft Police Chief John Landreth shared his own story of personal loss to make the point that seat belts can save lives.

"In 2005, we lost our son in a car accident. He was a passenger," Landreth said. "Even though he was raised wearing a seat belt, for whatever reason that day, he chose not to. You know, it was a Sunday afternoon. It wasn't kids out there doing crazy things. It was 2:30 in the afternoon. It was a rainy day. The young lady driving lost control, and because they weren't wearing their seat belts, they lost their lives."

Last year in Texas, almost half of pickup truck drivers killed in crashes were not wearing a seat belt. Officers also reminded everyone that the cost for a ticket for not wearing a seat belt can easily reach $200 in fines and court costs.

It is now the law that everyone in a car needs to buckle up, in the front seat and the back seat.