Keller Citizen

Keller, Roanoke police ramp up seat belt enforcement

Keller, Roanoke and other area police departments are stepping up their seat belt enforcement through Sunday.

During the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign, which began May 18, officers in Northeast Tarrant County are "ramping up" their seat belt enforcement.

State law requires everyone in the vehicle to be buckled up, with the risk of a fine up to $200. Children under 8 year must be in a child safety or booster seat unless they are taller than 4’9," according to police.

Keller police statistics cite that men use seat belts less often than woman, passengers are less likely to use them than drivers and young adults and teenagers are less likely to wear them. Pickup drivers are less likely to buckle up and pickup passengers are the least likely to buckle up. Only 80 percent of them use seat belts, while 92 percent of other passengers do.