Colorado

Feb 11, 2010 8:25 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

CDOT hoping to boost seat belt use on rural roads

Colorado transportation officials say more than half of traffic deaths in the state are on rural roads, and many of the victims aren't wearing seat belts. They're hoping to change that.

From Feb. 18-24, the Colorado State Patrol and law-enforcement agencies in 30 counties will step up enforcement of seat belt laws on rural roads as they focus on speeding and aggressive drivers.

In Colorado, drivers who are stopped for another traffic violation can be ticketed if they are not wearing seat belts. CDOT says 54 percent of traffic deaths in 2008 happened on rural Colorado roads.

Of the people killed in rural crashes, 52 percent were not wearing seat belts, compared with 35 percent in fatal urban crashes.

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