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									More Coloradans Buckle Up to Save Lives Colorado Receives Federal Funding for Additional Seat
Belt Enforcement Waves
Date released: 10/3/2007
Colorado's adult seat belt usage rate is at an all-time high of 81.1 percent, reports the Colorado
Department of Transportation (CDOT). The observational study was conducted in June and July
by the Institute of Transportation Management at Colorado State University. The study focused
on adult seat belt use in vehicles normally used for personal transportation and excluded
commercial vehicles.

"We are pleased that the number of Coloradans buckling up continues to rise and has contributed
to our state's overall decline in traffic fatalities," said Russell George, CDOT Executive Director.
"Yet more than 60 percent of those killed in crashes each year are not wearing seat belts, and we
know that half of them would probably be alive if they had been buckled up."

While the state's overall seat belt usage rate is 81.1 percent, seat belt use varies widely between
different vehicle types and regions. Pickup truck drivers and passengers in Eastern Colorado
scored the lowest in seat belt use with a rate of 60.6 percent, while drivers of vans along the
Front Range scored highest at 86.7 percent. Seat belt use among Colorado teenagers remains
much lower than the rest of the population. According to a separate observational study, just
72.9 percent of Colorado teens, ages 16 to 20 wear their seat belts. "We encourage teen drivers
to make smart driving choices by always buckling up themselves and their passengers," said
Colonel Mark Trostel, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "We know seat belts save lives and law
enforcement will do its part to remind all drivers to buckle up." In an effort to increase
Colorado's seat belt use and reduce fatalities, the state receives federal funding from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for high-visibility seat belt enforcement,
which includes enforcement combined with paid media and education efforts. During the national
Click It or Ticket mobilization in May, 12,250 seat belt citations were issued in Colorado.

Colorado has been awarded a special grant from NHTSA to conduct four additional Click It or
Ticket seat belt enforcement waves over the next eight months. The next Click It or Ticket seat
belt enforcement wave is October 15-21st. The overtime seat belt enforcement will take place in
11 counties with an educational effort focused on young drivers. The counties selected -- based
on population, include: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer,
Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld.

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