Fri Jul 30th, 2021
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Click It Or Ticket heightened enforcement begins Saturday
Grab a tissue. CDOT is releasing new videos narrated by victims or family members in Colorado in which the decision to buckle up – or not – was life changing. The goal of telling the stories is to reach people who may not buckle up and influence them to do so. Although the videos describe the tragic consequences of not buckling up, they also feature stories of people who did buckle up and lived to talk about it.
“I received the phone call that no parent ever wants to receive,” said Christy Schultz, who lost her daughter in an unbuckled crash and is featured in one of the videos. “You may think that your choice to not buckle up only impacts you, but it could change the lives of your loved ones in an instant. I never want another family to experience the loss of a child due to an unbuckled crash and hope my daughter’s story is a reminder to others to always buckle up.”
Each video connects individual strangers around similar crashes. These stories encourage Coloradans to buckle up and help improve safety on Colorado roadways. Participants in the video series include:
To view and download the video series, visit: https://bit.ly/SeatBeltStories
“Fatal crashes that involve unbuckled drivers and passengers are far too common in Colorado,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of CDOT’s Highway Safety Office. “Buckling up is a simple and smart choice that exponentially increases your odds of survival in a crash. It’s also the law in Colorado.”
The Click It Or Ticket statewide enforcement period runs from July 31 to Aug. 6. The seat belt enforcement period is the second Click It or Ticket enforcement period of 2021. In May over 2000 drivers received seat belt citations during the first enforcement period.
To date in 2021, 104 people who were not buckled up have died in crashes in Colorado.
The video series is an extension of CDOT’s Common Bond campaign, which highlights that even though Coloradans hold passionate opinions and may not agree on everything, they can all get behind seat belts. For more about the Common Bond campaign, please visit SeatBeltsColorado.com.
Colorado’s seat belt use rate dropped to 86% in 2020, below the national average of 90%. It’s one easy choice — if you are going to enter a vehicle, put on your seat belt.
COLORADO’S SEAT BELT LAWS
Fines for not buckling up in Colorado start at $65, and parents or caregivers caught with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.
Three out of four parents think their children are in the right car seat, but they are not. Car seat checks are available at car seat inspection stations statewide, and in response to COVID-19, Car Seats Colorado program coordinator Angel Giffin is available for virtual seat checks. Parents and caregivers can learn more information on car seat safety and inspections at CarSeatsColorado.com