In 2007, 241 people who were not wearing a seatbelt lost their lives on Colorado roadways. Each of these victims had friends and family that will never again hear their voice, see their face or share in those moments in life we all take for granted.
Over the last five years, individuals involved in serious crashes were more likely to die when they did not wear their seatbelts:
Why doesn't every person who gets in a car buckle up? Many of the reasons are shrouded in myths that have no basis in reality, such as:
Myth: I know a friend of a friend who would have been killed if they had their seatbelt on.
FACT: When you wear a seatbelt properly you have a 50 percent better chance of surviving.
Myth: It takes too long to put on a seatbelt.
FACT: It only takes two seconds to buckle up.
Myth: I have airbags installed in my car. I'll be fine.
FACT: Airbags alone are only 42% effective at providing protection.
Myth: Seatbelts rub on my neck they hurt.
FACT: Seatbelts can, and should be adjusted to provide protection and comfort.
Myth: Everyone already wears their seatbelts all the time.
FACT: Current seatbelt use in Colorado is 82%.
Myth: I can't make people in my car buckle up.
FACT: A driver can be ticketed for a front-seat passenger not wearing a seatbelt.
Please join the thousands of Colorado motorists who know that seatbelts save lives. Not only will you substantially increase your chance of survival in an accident, but you will save yourself some money too.
While the Patrol actively participates in each Click It or Ticket enforcement wave, seatbelt enforcement is an enforcement priority year round. In 2008, Troopers issued 44,807 seatbelt tickets. Law enforcement officers in Colorado are cracking down on seatbelt use. Click It or Ticket!