781 cited during Colorado’s rural seat belt enforcement | SummitDaily.com

781 cited during Colorado’s rural seat belt enforcement

Summit Daily staff report

Law enforcement agencies around Colorado cited 781 unbuckled drivers and passengers during the state’s rural seat belt enforcement period last month, including 66 for not ensuring children under the age of 15 were buckled in their car.

“Seat belts save lives, and we implore the public to help reduce injury and death on the road by buckling up,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT director. “This is one of the easiest and most impactful safety choices we can make each day.”

Following the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign, CDOT is also set to begin a new five-week “The Heat Is On” campaign this month. The period will include heightened enforcement for all impairing substances, and not just alcohol. Last year, 1,932 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence during the enforcement period. The cost of a DUI can amount to over $13,500 in fines, legal fees and insurance costs.

“Last year, 41 alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred in April and May combined,” said Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “In addition to significant financial costs, driving impaired puts both the driver and others on the road at serious risk.”


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