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VAL VERDE Texas Department COAHUILA 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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