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November Click It or Ticket campaign cites 1,300 unbuckled drivers

A total of 1,336 drivers were cited for not wearing their seat belts during the Colorado Department of Transportation’s most recent Click It or Ticket campaign, aimed at increasing enforcement and awareness of the importance of bucking up on the road.

The enforcement period ran from Nov. 16-29 and included 61 law enforcement agencies across the state. The Loveland Police Department issued the highest number of citations in the state with 197. Among participating agencies locally, the Colorado State Patrol troop out of Frisco issued 128 citations, and the Breckenridge Police Department issued seven.

In 2019, a total of 196 unbuckled drivers and passengers were killed in crashes, accounting for more than half of Colorado’s 377 total passenger vehicle deaths. Officials said the pattern has been similar in 2020.



“Nearly 300 Coloradans have been killed in passenger vehicle crashes this year,” Colorado State Patrol Chief Matthew Packard said in a release. “Although hard to believe this is occurring in 2020, over half of those involved unbuckled drivers or passengers. Bucking up would have helped them survive.”

Colorado’s seat belt use rate is about 86%, below the national average of 90%, according to CDOT. Individuals can receive fines starting at $65 for not bucking up, and individuals driving with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.



 


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