Buckle Up Rural Colorado — Law Enforcement Conducts Click It or Ticket Enforcement March 31-April 6th

In an effort to increase seat belt use and save lives on rural Colorado roadways, the Colorado State Patrol and 36 rural law enforcement agencies in 50 counties are mobilizing for a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement period, March 31 through April 6th. The enforcement is combined with a seat belt education campaign, aimed at dispelling the myths and excuses people make for not buckling up.

The increased seat belt enforcement will take place in the following counties: Baca, Bent, Crowley, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers.

In 2009, 254 people were killed in crashes on rural roadways, representing 54% of the state’s total fatalities. And more than half of those killed in rural areas were not wearing a seat belt, compared to 36% in urban areas.

One of the biggest reasons people give for not buckling up is that they aren’t traveling very far. The reality is that 85% of crashes occur within five miles of a person’s home. Others say they simply forget to buckle up because they never developed the habit.


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