State, county and city law enforcement personnel will be looking to see that every adult and child is properly restrained in a safety seat.
Violators will be given citations, and the maximum fine for ignoring the state law is $168, plus court costs.
That could amount to $200 total.
Police Chief Joe Treviño said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that highway fatalities have increased across the United States this year, for the first time in five years.
Many of those deaths could have been prevented if everyone in the vehicles involved had been wearing their seat belts.
Treviño said the law now requires all passengers in vehicles to be restrained.
“We do this every year,” the chief said. That means Beeville motorists should be used to buckling up, not just during the campaign but all year long. Troopers, deputies and city officers can write tickets for not using a seat belt at any time.
“Of course, the goal here is to prevent fatalities and injuries,” Treviño said.
In addition to looking for seat belt law violators, BPD officers also will be watching carefully for motorists driving after drinking and violating the speed limits.
But restraining everyone in a vehicle is critical to avoiding deaths and injuries in the event of an accident.
Treviño especially stressed the importance of keeping children restrained.
“I advise that you train your children from day one so that it’s automatic to buckle up or get in your safety seat when you get into a vehicle,” the chief said.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.