Click it or die

Student council supports a campaign to encourage safer drivers


Photo by Drew Austin

Student Council members are supporting the Teen Click it or Ticket campaign for the third year in a row. The program is set up and sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation and hopes to inform teens and their parents about driving safety.

“It’s exciting to be a part of this program again this year,” StuCo sponsor Pamela Price said. “We want students to understand the financial and long term consequences. This is a great way to get the word out.”

TxDot wants teens to understand the consequences of driving without a seatbelt, which is why they launched this campaign. One of the main consequences they highlight is the 200 dollar ticket you will get for this offense.

“This campaign was to help inform students of the safety benefits of wearing seatbelts, and to raise awareness,” StuCo representative Hagen Brooks said. “Say you got in a wreck, having a seat belt on helps you not fly through the window and die. Seat belts are key in preventing driving injuries.”

Not only is it illegal, but driving without buckling up is dangerous. In 2013, 137 of 291 drivers and passengers age 15 to 20, who were not wearing seatbelts died in traffic crashes in Texas.

“Since I have been in 5 wrecks, yes, I have learned that they are an important aspect of driving,” junior Taylor Sipes said. “I think this campaign is very important because seat belts can really save your life.”