June 17, 2011
State law enforcement agencies reported that they have issued 8,105 seat belt citations to drivers during this year’s Click It Or Ticket campaign from May 23rd to June 5th. Southern Colorado’s KKTV states 11 drivers or passengers died in accidents during the two-week enforcement period. Out of the 11, nine were not wearing seat belts.
Statistically, Colorado has increased the use of seat belts and has been safer on the roadways because of it. Seat belt use in Colorado has gone up more than 10 percent in nine years since Click It Or Ticket Started in 2002. Also, there has been a 56 percent decline in unrestrained deaths since the initiation of the campaign.
Citations for unrestrained passengers can range for $65 for an adult to $82 per violation for an unrestrained child. Out of the thousands of citations issued during this years campaign run, unrestrained children are only a small percentage with 519 tickets issued. Teens were an even smaller percentage with 397.
James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol stated, “Seat belts are the best defense from a drunk driver, a distracted driver or simply your own driving error. Take two seconds each time you get into your vehicle, and please make sure all children are properly restrained in the appropriate child safety seat.”