Last week a fatal accident occurred at an intersection in West Odessa, Texas. According to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), three vehicles were involved in the rollover crash at the intersection of Moss and University. A 2-year-old boy was not strapped in when the car he was in turned in the path of a truck, resulting in a three-car rollover. Three other people involved in the crash were wearing seatbelts, and they were uninjured. Tragically, the toddler was killed in the crash.
Seatbelts are important life-saving devises. In fact, it has been announced that Texas troopers will be out in full force over the 2015 Thanksgiving holidays to enforce seatbelt laws. Troopers will also be on the lookout for drivers who are driving while intoxicated.
The DPS Director, Steven McCraw, urges all drivers to be especially careful on Texas roads and to drive sober, in order to avoid tragedies over the holiday season. The amount of traffic is increased. On top of that, there could be inclement weather. Add impaired drivers to the mix, and holiday travel can be treacherous.
During the Thanksgiving holiday alone last year in Texas, 242 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI). A whopping 5,223 traffic tickets were written for speeding. In addition, there were 682 citations to drivers without auto insurance.
Securing children in a seatbelt is the law. On the Thanksgiving holiday last year, 599 tickets were issued for child safety seat violations.
Properly using child car seats, boosters, and seat belts saves lives.