More than 1,000 citations issued during 'Click It or Ticket' enforcement

Published: Apr. 11, 2017 at 6:52 PM MDT
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More than 1,000 people -- including dozens of children -- were unbuckled when Colorado State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies cracked down for "Click It or Ticket" enforcement.

The campaign focuses on heightened seat belt enforcement in rural communities across Colorado. The 57 agencies that took part issued 1,306 citations for unbuckled passengers and drivers between March 27 and April 2. The tally includes 69 drivers were were ticketed for not buckling children younger than 16 years old. Of the 69 children, 18 toddlers were not in car seats, 24 children were not in booster seats and 27 children were not wearing seat belts.

“Seat belts are the primary solution to prevent the increasing number of passenger vehicle traffic deaths in Colorado,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “Driving slow or just a short distance doesn’t make wearing a seat belt any less important — even crashing at 25 mph is like falling from a second-story window.”

Fines for not buckling up start at $65, and parents or caregivers caught with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.

The next "Click It or Ticket" campaign will run from May 22 to June 4. In 2016 about 6,000 unrestrained drivers were cited throughout the state.