Seat Belts

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Everyone Has A Reason to Buckle Up. Find Yours.
Whether it is your family, your career or your own life, everyone has a reason to buckle up. In 2018, CDOT talked with real Coloradans to learn their reasons for buckling up. See what they said, in their own words, below.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to prevent serious injury or death in a motor vehicle crash. In 2017, Colorado's seat belt use rate was 84 percent, ranking Colorado 36th in the nation.

There were 192 unbelted deaths in passenger-vehicle crashes last year—accounting for half of the 383 passenger vehicle fatalities in 2017. NHTSA estimates that about 60 lives could be saved every year in Colorado if everyone buckled up. CDOT estimates that one in every 33 Colorado drivers could be in a crash in 2018—so why risk it?

With federal funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, CDOT and local law enforcement agencies conduct periodic high-visibility seat belt enforcement waves throughout the year in an effort to save lives and increase belt use on Colorado roadways. The minimum fine is $65 per violation, and parents and caregivers caught with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.

CDOT partners with law enforcement agencies, community coalitions and other safety advocates to educate the public about Colorado's seat belt laws and the importance of wearing seat belts every trip, every time. Since Click It or Ticket was introduced in Colorado in 2002, seat belt use in Colorado has increased from 72 percent and peaked at 85.2 percent in 2015.

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