May Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement cites 907 drivers

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With summer officially in full swing, the Colorado Department of Transportation is reminding motorists to buckle up. The May Click It or Ticket enforcement period cited 907 drivers, which resulted in costly fines - but more importantly a reminder to always use seat belts.

From May 16 to June 5, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and 64 law enforcement agencies partnered for the year’s largest Click It or Ticket enforcement period. A total of 907 drivers were cited during the statewide enforcement, including 24 drivers who had an improperly restrained child under the age of 15 in their vehicle.


The law enforcement agencies that issued the most citations were the Colorado Springs Police Department (141), Thornton Police Department (95), Broomfield Police Department (77) and Castle Rock Police Department (76).

A new study by the National Highway traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) confirms that high visibility enforcement (HVE) of traffic laws positively impacts roadway safety by reducing dangerous driving behaviors. Study data shows that seat belt use rates increase an average of 3.5 percentage points when an HVE campaign is utilized.

“We step up seat belt enforcement as an important deterrent for unbuckled drivers,” said Chief Matthew C. Packard, Colorado State Patrol. “The same people who make a choice to gamble with their lives in the event of a crash, offer up all sorts of excuses as a law enforcement officer writes up their citations. Our hope is that it serves as a reminder to wear a seat belt every time.”

Currently, only 86% of Coloradans choose to buckle up behind the wheel, making the state fall short of the average seat belt use rate across the country — 90%.

“There are 120,000 crashes in Colorado each year. Having your seat belt fastened can significantly increase your odds of survival,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Highway Safety Office at CDOT. “Although most Coloradans use their seat belts, we need to do more to get all people to buckle up. This will dramatically reduce fatal crashes in the state and spare families the grief of losing a loved one.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing seat belts and properly buckling children into age-and size-appropriate car seats and booster seats can reduce the risk for serious injury and death in a crash by at least half. Ensuring that both the driver and passengers in a vehicle are buckled is vital to staying alive in an unprecedented crash.