Vail joins statewide ‘Click it or Ticket’ seat-belt enforcement campaign
VAIL — The Vail Police Department is taking part in the second phase of the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign. The enforcement period is from May 22 through June 4. With help from a state grant, the Vail Police Department will be working approximately 64 hours of patrol time dedicated only to seat-belt enforcement during this period. A final enforcement period for the year is scheduled for July 17 to 23.
The average seat-belt use rate for Colorado is 84 percent. In 2016, 180 unbuckled drivers and passengers were killed in Colorado, accounting for nearly half of all passenger vehicle traffic fatalities.
A seat belt survey conducted in Vail in March recorded a seat belt use rate of 96 percent.
“As we head into the summer travel season, it is all the more important to wear your seat belt at all times, even for the short trip to the store because the life you save might be your own,” Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger said.
The seat belt 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.
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The national Click It or Ticket Mobilization is conducted by the Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign of the National Safety Council in conjunction with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, state highway safety offices, law enforcement agencies and the National Transportation Safety Board.
For questions about the Vail Click It or Ticket Campaign, call officer Mike Bindle at 970-479-2200.