July 27, 2012
Colorado drivers that choose to ride without a seatbelt may want to change their ways, as law enforcement in 12 counties across the state are participating in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign. According to a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) press release, this week’s activities are different than previous years in that most of the enforcement will be at night.
This change is aiming to better protect motorists and reduce the number of fatalities associated with Denver Auto Accidents. The hours between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. are when motorists are the least likely to be buckled up and the most likely to be involved in an accident. Data shows that in Colorado, 137 drivers were killed during that 12-hour window of time in 2011. A total of 67 percent of those victims were not buckled up, as opposed to the 53 percent who were not buckled during the day.
Last year’s campaign concluded with a total of 1,815 tickets for seat belt violations, but a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol, Col. James Wolfinbarger, states, “This enforcement period is not about issuing tickets, it is about saving lives.”
The Denver Personal Injury Lawyers with the McDivitt Law Firm ask that we all do our part to stay safe on Colorado’s highways by buckling up as soon as you get in a vehicle and encouraging all other passengers to do the same.