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Click or Ticket campaigns kicks off for the 13th year

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TYLER (KYTX) - Law enforcement across the state are reminding drivers to buckle up -- or they *could* end up with a big fine. Monday kicks off the 13th year of the statewide "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

As CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains the campaign has been successful -- but there's always room to improve.

If the catchy PSA's don't get you to buckle up, the thought of saving your life or getting a ticket may do the job.

Larry Bielak is one of millions who hit Texas roads each year.

"I just got to where it's second nature, you get in the car and you buckle up," Bielak

Since 2002, the statewide campaign  has drawn more and more attention to the benefits of buckling up. The national highway traffic safety administration says wearing a seat belt increases the chances of surviving a crash by nearly 50 percent.

Of the 33-hundred people killed in crashes last year alone -- nearly half weren't wearing seat belts.

"The last wreck I had before seat belts were in effect I can assure you it is not fun you do get jostled around more than you think you should," said Bielak.

Starting Monday and for the next two weeks, law enforcement will be out day and night enforcing the law...

All front and backseat passengers are required to wear a seat belt.

"Well sometimes it takes a couple of tickets for especially new drivers to get used to the fact that they're gonna have to buckle up or there a price to pay."

Failure to wear a seatbelt can cost up to $200 or even a life.

Since "Click it or Ticket" began in 2002 -- the amount of people wearing their seat belts has increased. Txdot says every 9 out of 10 people are buckling up.

The campaign starts Monday and runs through June 1st, coinciding with Memorial day weekend.

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