Jun 11, 2010 5:29 PM by Greg Boyce
Twenty three people have already died in traffic accidents this summer season in Colorado, despite increased patrols by law enforcement agencies.
More than one-quarter of the fatalities since May 24, were a result of alcohol-related crashes. And 56 percent of the drivers and passengers killed were not wearing seat belts.
The Colorado State Patrol and 88 law enforcement agencies that participated in the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement report issuing 10,326 seat belt citations over the 14-day enforcement period. And during the Memorial Day Weekend Heat Is On crackdown, May 28 - June 1, statewide law enforcement agencies report making more than 734 DUI arrests.
"If the results of these recent enforcement periods are any indication of what is ahead this summer, we've got our work cut out for us with a lot of education and enforcement," said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "Our target is always zero fatalities and we won't stop until that happens. We ask everyone to help us reach our goal by driving sober, putting on a seat belt in a vehicle, or wearing a helmet and other protective gear on a motorcycle, each and every time."
During Click It or Ticket, Pueblo County issued 348 seat belt citations, and the City of Colorado Springs issued 342.
During the Memorial Day Weekend alone, the Colorado Springs Police Department made 57 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol.