Sugar Land police are joining state and local law enforcement agencies for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to crack down on safety belt violations and reduce highway fatalities during the Memorial Day weekend.
Sugar Land police will focus on the following intersections from now to June 3: U.S. Highway 59 at Highway 6, Sweetwater Boulevard at Palm Royale Boulevard, Country Club Boulevard at Sugar Creek Boulevard, First Colony Boulevard at Colony Lakes Drive, West Airport Boulevard at Eldridge Road, Lexington Boulevard at Colonist Park Drive, Highway 6 at Kensington Boulevard, Commonwealth Boulevard at University Drive, Elkins Road at Autumn Bend Drive and Talcott at Tarrington Place.
The enforcement will also focus on U.S. Highway 59, State Highway 6, U.S. Highway 90A and other areas in the City.
All passengers must buckle up, including those in the back seat, and children younger than 8 years old must ride in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
Drivers with children in the vehicle will be cited if their young passengers are not properly secured. Fines range from $25 to $250 plus court costs.
According to the Texas Transportation Institute, motorists least likely to buckle up continue to include men, teen boys and pickup drivers and passengers.
“Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes,” said Sgt. Wayne Coleman, of the SLPD Traffic Division.
“When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent – in pickup trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.”
The enforcement crackdown is funded by a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) grant from the Texas Department of Transportation in the amount of $6,000. The money will be used to pay for overtime to put additional officers on the street.
A separate STEP grant for speed enforcement also continues along major thoroughfares.