So far this year, 193 Colorado residents have been on the road – and never made it home.
Colorado traffic fatalities on the rise
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, the 193 road fatalities in Colorado represent a 12% increase over the same period last year.
In 2020, a total of 612 people, including pedestrians, were killed on Colorado roads. The CDOT indicates that 365 of them were in passenger vehicles and that more than half were not cordoned off at the time of the accident. This means that up to 203 Coloradians could still be alive today if they had only buckled up. Just think of all the Colorado family members who have faced the tragedy of losing a loved one in a traffic accident.
El Paso County recorded the highest number of fatalities on unlooped roads with 25, followed by Weld County with 23 and Arapahoe County with 20.
Click on it or Ticket
Each year, the CDOT and state law enforcement engage in safety campaigns to encourage Colorado residents to wear their seat belts. The current “Click It or Ticket” campaign runs through this weekend. The next application period will take place during the first week of August.
The National Highway Safety Administration says seat belts reduce the risk of injury or death by 50% in a crash. Despite these numbers, only 86% of Coloradans buckle up when taking this route. This figure is 4% lower than the national average of 90% for seat belt compliance.
Colorado Seat Belt Laws
Colorado has seat belt laws, but these are secondary enforcement laws for adult drivers and front passengers. This means that drivers can be fined for not wearing their seat belts if they are pulled over for another traffic violation. Fines for seat belt violations start at $ 65.
On the other hand, the seat belt law is a primary application when it comes to teenagers. Colorado drivers under the age of 18 and their passengers, regardless of age, are required to wear seat belts.
Seat belts save lives
For many people, like me, wearing a seat belt is a natural thing to do. We’ve been buckling up for so many years now that we have been doing it out of habit and it feels really weird not wearing a seat belt. Of course, automakers have helped increase seat belt compliance with that annoying ringing noise you hear until your seat belt is buckled. Some vehicles won’t even let you drive past unless you are strapped in.
Wearing a seat belt is such an easy thing to do, yet it is the very thing that could save you from serious injury or death if you were ever involved in an accident. More than 200 Colorado residents thought it would never happen to them – but it does, and now it’s too late.
With more traffic on the road during the summer months, the danger is greater than ever. Let this remind you to always wear your seat belt – and make sure your passengers are buckled up as well. No one wants to be the next death statistic.
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