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									                                VAL VERDE




              Texas
           Department
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                                     DEL RIO
                                               KINNEY


                                               MAVERICK
                                                      ZAVALA
                                                                                              News
                                                                                   Laredo District Public Information Office
         of Transportation                                                                          1817 Bob Bullock Loop
    Laredo District
                                               CARRIZO                                                Laredo, Texas 78043
                                               SPRINGS      DIMMIT
                                                                LA SALLE                             Voice: (956) 712-7416
    Duval, Webb, La Salle, Dimmit,    NUEVO LEON                                                   Fax: (956) 712-712-7768
    Zavala, Maverick, Kinney and                                                    E-mail address: rleal5@dot.state.tx.us
    Val Verde County                                    LAREDO    WEBB     DUVAL
                                                                                   Web address: http://www.dot.state.tx.us
                                                TAMAULIPAS                                              Contact: Raul Leal


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                      May 13, 2008

                TxDOT-LPD launch CIOT safety belt enforcement campaign
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Laredo District and the Laredo Police Department joined
forces today to launch the 2008 Click It or Ticket campaign. The safety belt enforcement campaign, made
possible through a $20,000 contractual grant from TxDOT, runs May 19 to June 1, 2008 around the busy
Memorial Day holiday weekend, where Laredo Police Department officers will be drawing the line for Laredo
motorists; buckle up or face a fine. Click It or Ticket is part of a nationwide crackdown aimed at enforcing safety
belt laws for adults and children.

Participating in the event hosted by the Laredo Municipal Court were national and regional transportation safety
advocates including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, TxDOT Traffic Safety Division, Texas
Municipal Police Association, Laredo Fire Department, and the Eagle Pass and Del Rio Police Departments.

The event culminated with a Click It or Ticket proclamation read by Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas, Laredo
Municipal Court Judge Alfonso “Boyer” Ornelas and “El Protector,” Laredo Police Department Officer Abraham H.
Diaz, Jr.

“We are launching our annual Click It or Ticket campaign—because we know that campaigns like this work, and
they make a difference,” said Diaz, who emceed the event. Texas’ safety belt laws went into effect in 1985 and
since then the Texas’ usage has steadily climbed and is currently 91.83 percent.

Over the past six years, the Click It or Ticket project has saved an estimated 1,600 lives, prevented more than
37,000 injuries and saved the State of Texas an estimated $6.6 billion in medical expenses, property damage
and other expenses. Photos attached and captions follow:

Photo DSC 5754: Shown are Mayor Salinas with local, national and regional traffic safety advocates displaying
Click It or Ticket proclamation.

Photo DSC 5753: Shown, left tor right, reading the Click It or Ticket proclamation is Laredo Municipal Court
Judge Alfonso “Boyer” Ornelas, Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas and El Protector, LPD Officer Abraham H. Diaz.
Shown in the background is Sam Sinclair, TxDOT Traffic Safety Division Click It or Ticket Program Project
Manager.

Photo DSC 5751: Shown is Joey Baeza, Laredo Police Department (LPD) Click or Ticket (CIOT) project director
emphasizes the importance of the campaign and why officers are adamant about giving CIOT traffic citations; to
save lives. Shown in background, left to right, are LPD Officer Ruben Gutierrez, Municipal Court Judge Alfonso
“Boyer” Ornelas, Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas, El Protector, LPD Officer Abraham H. Diaz, LPD Deputy Chief Ivan
Perez, TxDOT Traffic Safety Division Click It or Ticket Program Project Manager Sam Sinclair and National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration Regional Program Manager Frank Maderro.

Photo DSC 5750: Shown sharing recently released national traffic safety statistics with the media is Frank
Maderro, Regional Program Manager for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Photo DSC 5744: Shown announcing to the media the launching of the 2008 Click It of Ticket safety belt
enforcement campaign is El Protector, LPD Officer Abraham H. Diaz. The campaign runs May 19-June 1, 2008.
Shown looking on in background is Laredo Police Department Deputy Chief Ivan Perez and Sam Sinclair, TxDOT
Traffic Safety Division Click It or Ticket Program Project Manager.

								
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