CDOT's Click It or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement: Reasons Road Trip
Click It or Ticket
CDOT, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies conducted a week-long Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement period focusing on rural areas of Colorado from July 15-21. The enforcement aimed to both raise awareness of seat belt safety and increase enforcement of seat belt laws in rural counties. In 2018, five of the six counties with the lowest seat belt use in Colorado were in rural areas, according to a CDOT study. Those included:
La Plata (76%)
To launch the enforcement effort, CDOT hosted an event at UCHealth Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs where local law enforcement and medical service professionals shared their experiences responding to crashes and the importance of seat belts. To further convey the challenges in responding to rural crashes, a UCHealth LifeLine helicopter was on hand — air medical transport is often the quickest response mechanism in rural areas of the state.
This spring, CDOT went on a Reasons Road Trip to capture stories from Coloradans in Weld, Adams and El Paso counties — the counties with the highest number of unbuckled fatalities in 2017 — about why they buckle up. Watch the videos below to follow our journey and hear the reasons local residents use seat belts.
CDOT hopes that stories from fellow Coloradans will encourage those who don’t wear seat belts to think of a reason to buckle up and ultimately change their behavior. Coloradans can share their reasons for wearing a seat belt at codot.gov/safety/seatbelts.