FRUITA, Colo. (KREX) – Using the seatbelt is more than just avoiding a ticket, it is a factor of personal safety on the open road. Since Memorial Day weekend, there have been more than 11 hundred seatbelt violations in Colorado.
Colorado State Patrol says 40 of those were involved with serious car accidents. Transportation officials want you to be safe from the moment you sit in your car or truck.
“Most crashes happen within five or 10 miles of your home,” Sam Cole informs, “That’s why it is so important to buckle up no matter where you’re going or how short the trip is.”
The message behind the buckle up campaign is making Colorado roads safer. Working with neighboring states, CSP wants the message to get across the border that seatbelts save lives.
“Crashes don’t know state boundaries,” CSP Captain Matt Ozanic asserts, “If you’re wearing seatbelts; regardless what state you’re in, or what jurisdiction you’re in, or what geographic location you’re in. If you’re wearing a seatbelt, then your chances of injury or death rate or reduced by 50 percent.”
It’s not just about safety, buckling your seatbelt is the law in almost every state of the U.S. An act that takes two seconds can make a lifetime of difference.
New Hampshire is the only state where adults can drive without a seatbelt. Although car accidents cannot be predicted, everyone can protect themselves in the car more from buckling up.