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November 20, 2012 - Public Safety

Sharpstown District

Message from Houston Assistant Chief of Police

Wear Your Seat Belt! It's the Law!

Chief ChenDid you know that 52% of our little Texans who died in vehicle crashes last year were not buckled into a safety seat, and that 3 out of 4 children are not buckled in correctly? Or that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14?

In 2011, 46 percent of Texans killed in crashes were not wearing their seat belts. Of the 762,778 Texans involved in crashes where there were no injuries, 97 percent were wearing their seat belt. One of every two pickup truck drivers killed in traffic crashes in 2011 was not buckled up. Riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants. Unbelted backseat passengers can become human projectiles in a car crash, and if tossed around inside the vehicle, they can injure or even kill those in the front seat.

Buckling up is your best bet to prevent serious injury or death in a crash. Crashes where the victims aren’t wearing safety belts can be deadly. People who aren’t buckled up are often thrown out of their car or truck, and sometimes the vehicle rolls over them.

Riders in the back seat who use lap and shoulder belts are 44% more likely to survive in a crash than unrestrained occupants in passenger cars and 73% more likely in passenger vans and SUVs.

Read about Seat Belt Myths Debunked.

About Assistant Chief John H. Chen

Assistant Chief John H. is a 30-year veteran of the HPD and presides over West Patrol Command, which include Midwest, South Gessner, Southwest, and Westside. During his HPD career, Lieutenant Chen has served in the Office of Inspector General, Narcotics, Major Offenders, Criminal Intelligence and Homeland Security, Vice, Training Academy and Central Patrol. He has worked in the Vice Division and at the Training Academy two different times in his career.

Lieutenant Chen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mountain State University and is pursuing a Masters of Science in Strategic Leadership from the same university.


Keep Houston Safe: Holiday Safety

Keep Houston Safe


This Holiday Season, protect yourself, your family and your property against criminals wishing to do you harm. Criminals have a “desire” to commit crimes against those who are not aware of what is going on around them. The holidays are an opportune time for a criminal to commit these offenses. Know your surroundings and don’t become a “target.” It’s up to YOU to make sure that a criminal does not have the “opportunity” to take advantage of you and your family.

Read more on safety tips for the holiday season.

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