Vail Police to take part in seatbelt campaign |

Vail Police to take part in seatbelt campaign

VAIL — The Vail Police Department is taking part in the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign. The enforcement period is from May 12-25. In 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of people involved in fatal traffic accidents were not wearing seatbelts. A pre-survey was conducted in Vail on May 12 and found the rate of people wearing seatbelts was 84.6 percent. The state average is 82 percent. A post-campaign survey will take place in Vail later in the month.

The Vail Police Department will be devoting over 100 hours of patrol time to seat belt enforcement during the campaign as a reminder to motorists that using your seat belt will significantly increase your chances of surviving a serious traffic crash.

The seatbelt law for adults requires the driver and front seat passengers to buckle up. The law is a secondary offense, meaning a driver must be stopped for another offense before receiving a ticket for a seat belt violation. The minimum fine is $65.

For more information, call Officer Mike Bindle 970-479-2200.

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