COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Several law enforcement agencies have partnered up for the Click it or Ticket campaign. This campaign aims to encourage people to buckle up to avoid citations, but more importantly to return home safely.
The campaign comes ahead of the “ 100 Deadly 100 Days of Summer, ” said to be due to an increase in the number of road deaths between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
“This campaign reminds drivers and passengers to make safety their number one priority by completing every trip, regardless of distance,” said Chief Matthew Packard of the Colorado State Patrol. “We don’t give a warning if we stop someone without a seat belt – our goal is to save lives. So if you choose not to take your security very seriously like we do, we will issue you a ticket. “
According to the CDOT, there have been 193 road fatalities in Colorado so far this year, which is a 12% increase from the same period last year.
El Paso County recorded a total of 25 non-loop deaths in 2020, or 58% of the 43 passenger vehicle deaths in the county last year. From 2019 to 2020, there would have been a 66% increase in the number of road fatalities.
Seat belt usage in El Paso County was 87% for 2020, which is slightly above the state average of 86.3%. Seat belt use statewide is reportedly 86%, which is lower than the national average.
The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and 43 local law enforcement agencies statewide will participate in the campaign. The campaign is expected to start on Monday May 24 and run through Sunday June 6.
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