A total of 1,695 drivers were cited across Colorado during a state-wide Click It or Ticket enforcement from July 12-19.
In each instance, either the driver or a passenger was not wearing a seat belt, and 70 of the drivers had an improperly restrained child under the age of 15 in their vehicle.
“Using a seat belt is your best defense in a crash. It’s an easy choice to protect yourself and those in your vehicle,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “Statistics show there’s a 1 in 33 chance you’ll be in a car crash in a given year and wearing a seat belt is the best way to prevent injury or death.”
The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement is a component of CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative and the agency’s vision to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on Colorado roadways.
Among the agencies with the highest number of citations statewide was the Loveland Police Department with 173 citations, Jefferson County Sherriff’s Office with 158 citations, and Greeley Police Department with 129 citations. In addition, Colorado State Patrol cited 153 drivers. Results for all counties can be found at https://www.codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety-reporting-portal
In 2019, 196 unbuckled drivers and passengers were killed in crashes in the state, accounting for more than half of Colorado’s 377 total passenger vehicle deaths.
As a state, Colorado’s seat belt use rate currently sits at 88 percent — slightly below the national average of 90 percent.
Learn more about Click It or Ticket enforcement and Colorado’s seat belt laws at codot.gov/safety/seatbelts