Apr 2, 2012 2:04 PM by Paul Kavanaugh

Rural seat belt enforcement begins today

The Colorado State Patrol and 29 rural law enforcement agencies in 49 counties are mobilizing for a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement period, starting today until Sunday, April 8.

The enforcement is combined with a seat belt education campaign, aimed at dispelling the myths and excuses people make for not buckling up.

"Crashes on rural roadways represented over half of the state's fatalities in 2011" said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "We are enforcing seat belt laws in our rural communities because we know seat belts save lives.

"In 2011, 187 people were killed in crashes on rural roadways, representing 60% of the state's total fatalities," said Colonel Wolfinbarger . " And more than half (58%) of those killed in rural areas were not wearing a seat belt, compared to 34% in urban areas."

One of the biggest reasons people give for not buckling up is that they aren't traveling very far. The reality is that 85% of crashes occur within five miles of a person's home. Others say they simply forget to buckle up because they never developed the habit.



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