Police going after seat belt violators

HARLINGEN — Selena Lemus was driving home after school on Jackson Avenue in McAllen when she remembers everything becoming blurry.

Lemus, 21, was suffering from a concussion after her head hit the steering wheel after her car was hit from behind by a driver going 40 mph.

She said the other driver was texting and driving and became distracted.

On Friday Lemus told her story about the importance of wearing seat belts. She told the news media if she had not been wearing her seat belt she might have died that day.

“With Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacations season approaching, we’re urging people to buckle their eat belts every time they get in their vehicle,” said James Bass, Texas Department of Transportation executive director. “Every person in a vehicle – front seat or back seat – needs to buckle up. Not only is it the law, but seat belts save lives.”

TxDOT unveiled its “Click it or Ticket” campaign across the state on Friday.

From May 23 to June 5, police will increase efforts to ticket drivers and all passengers not wearing a seat belt.