Safety Event this Saturday Aims to Get More Coloradoans to Buckle Up

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DURANGO – The Southwest Colorado community is invited to take part in a free Rural Traffic Safety event in Durango on Saturday, March 31st from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pine River Valley Bank parking lot (corner of 17th & Main Ave).

The event is hosted by the Southwest Colorado Coalition for Occupant Protection (SWCCOP), and helps kick off the rural Click It or Ticket enforcement period that runs April 2-8.  The special enforcement period involves 49 counties and 29 law enforcement agencies statewide, including the Colorado State Patrol, Durango Police Department, Bayfield Marshall’s Office, and Cortez Police Department.

The goal of Click It or Ticket and the Rural Traffic Safety event is to reduce the number of people injured or killed in traffic crashes in Southwest Colorado.

Saturday’s safety event will feature the Colorado State Patrol’s new crashed car display, a wrecked car from a local collision involving teens who were speeding, drinking and not wearing seat belts.  CSP will also have their new Driving Simulator Program, which will be used at teen presentations for distracted driving awareness.

The Durango Police Department will be demonstrating its new programmable speed trailer.  And Durango Fire and Rescue will have their safety equipment available for everyone to check out up close.

The event also includes an appearance by NASCAR driver, Alex Kenney, from Aztec, New Mexico.  He will have one of his race cars on display and will be talking to people about the importance of safe driving and seat belts.

There will also be experts on hand to answer questions about child passenger safety, teen Graduated Drivers Licensing laws, distracted driving, impaired driving, crash dynamics and more.