Click It or Ticket News Conference May 20th

May 19, 2011 - Traffic Safety - MEDIA ADVISORY - News Conference – Fri. May 20th, 1:30 p.m.

What: Hear from two families devastated by the loss of their sons who were killed in a crash because they were not wearing seat belts.  Their heartbreaking story is part of a news conference to announce the upcoming statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement period May 23 – June 5, 2011. The Colorado Department of Transportation supports the Colorado State Patrol and a record 100 law enforcement agencies participating in the enforcement period. Drivers who are stopped for a traffic violation and aren’t using a seat belt will be ticketed, no excuses or warnings!

In 2010, 166 people who weren’t buckled up lost their lives in traffic crashes on Colorado roadways. If everyone had buckled up, nearly half of the victims should have lived.

When: Friday, May 20, 2011
1:30 p.m.

Where: CDOT Headquarters
4201 E Arkansas Ave. Denver, CO 80222
(News conference will take place outside in front of building)


  • Col. James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol
  • Pamela Hutton, Chief Engineer and Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety, Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Bill Watada, Regional Administrator at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Families of victims who were killed in unrestrained crashes
  • Participating law enforcement agencies from Denver Metro area

Interview and Visual Opportunities

  • Display portraying how deaths due to not wearing a seat belt affect more than just the 166 victims killed in 2010 in Colorado
  • Crashed car
  • One-one-one interviews with law enforcement, victims’ families, CDOT, NHTSA and more; Spanish-speaking interviewees
  • Law Enforcement ride-a-longs available throughout Click It or Ticket when arranged in advance