Officers will focus on enforcing seat belt, child-restraint laws

Motorists, take heed -- officers are putting two new traffic laws front and center.

The Texas Department of Transportation launched its version of the national "Click It or Ticket" safety belt campaign Thursday in Arlington. Police officers will focus on initiatives involving occupant safety from May 24 through June 6.

The campaign will highlight two Texas laws that took effect last year. One requires all passengers to wear a safety belt. The other requires children younger than 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches tall to ride in a child safety seat or booster seat.

Officers began ticketing passengers in December for not wearing seat belts. But for the past nine months, they have let parents off with warnings about the child safety law so they could have time to get seats.

But June 1, officers stop issuing warnings and start writing tickets. Fines for violating both laws range from $25 to $250, said Beth Warren with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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