The Stephenville Police Department is among law enforcement agencies participating in the annual Memorial Day Click It or Ticket Mobilization.

The effort began Monday and will continue through Sunday, June 3. Stephenville police will place extra emphasis on detecting traffic violators who fail to wear safety belts or who fail to properly restrain children in passenger safety seat systems.

Drivers who fail to properly restrain child passengers may receive a citation that is punishable by fine of not more than $25 for the first offense and not more than $250 for subsequent offenses. Drivers and passengers who fail to wear safety belts may also be cited and may face fines ranging between $25 and $200.  

From Jan. 1-April 30, the Stephenville Police Department has investigated 131 crashes compared to 128 in the same period of 2011. Injury crashes during the time period decreased slightly from the same period in 2011 (from 42 down to 38) while non-injury crashes have slightly increased in 2012 (93-85). 

"The Stephenville Police Department wants our residents and guests to have a safe memorial holiday season and reduce the potential of death or injury to themselves and their passengers by making sure to buckle up their children and then buckle up themselves before operating a vehicle," Chief Patrick Bridges said.