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Wear your seat belt, Eagle County sheriff says

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Sheriff’s deputies will strictly enforce Colorado’s child passenger safety and seat belt laws until June 1, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies and other law enforcement will participate in the seventh annual Colorado Click It or Ticket campaign. Deputies also will count people wearing seat belts in the weeks before and after June 1.

In 2007, 389 drivers and passengers died on Colorado highways and 206 were not buckled up. Teens are particularly at risk, the Sheriff’s Office said. Last year, nearly 62 percent of teens killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts.

Since Click It or Ticket began, seat-belt use in Colorado has increased from 72 percent to 81 percent, the Sheriff’s Office said. That means around 270,000 more people are buckling up in Colorado, the Sheriff’s Office said.

In Colorado, not wearing a seat belt is a “secondary offense,” meaning a driver can be ticketed for the violation only after being stopped for another traffic violation, such as speeding.

However, Eagle County is the only place in Colorado where not using seat belt is a “primary offense,” meaning people can be pulled over and ticketed for not wearing a seat belt, the Sheriff’s Office said.

That ordinance applies to unincorporated Eagle County roads, but not Interstate 70 or state and town roads.

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