Colorado

Apr 2, 2010 12:33 PM by Greg Boyce

Pueblo steps up seat belt enforcement at night

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office and the State Patrol have stepped up the Click It or Ticket campaign for this first week of April. 

The risk of being involved in a fatal crash is significantly greater at night than during the day, due in part to fewer people buckling their seatbelts at night. Last year in Colorado, 148 drivers and passengers were killed in crashes between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Of that number, two thirds were not wearing seat belts, compared to just under half of victims not buckled up during the day.

Most of the people killed in crashes in Colorado at night are young men. Males made up 67 percent of the unrestrained fatalities last year. Young men, ages 15 to 34, represented nearly half of unbuckled victims overall and 66 percent of unbuckled victims at night.

There is also a strong connection between alcohol-related fatal crashes and the lack of seat belt use. Last year, three quarters of the alcohol-related fatalities at night involved drivers and passengers who were not buckled up.

Colorado has a secondary enforcement law for adult drivers and front-seat passengers, meaning drivers can be ticketed for violating the seat belt law if they are stopped for another traffic violation. Click It or Ticket enforcement focuses on speeding and aggressive drivers. Drivers who are stopped for a traffic violation and are not using a seat belt will be ticketed.

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