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1,590+ tickets in one week for no seat belts

Posted: 12:24 PM, Apr 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-13 14:24:02-04
1,590+ tickets in one week for no seat belts

The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol says nearly 1,600 people were ticketed during a one week Click It or Ticket crackdown.

Law enforcement officers targeted drivers in rural areas of Colorado from March 28 to April 3. They wrote more than 225 tickets each day.

CDOT said 90 of the citations were issued to drivers for having unbuckled children in their vehicles.

"In the event of a serious traffic accident, a person is 30 percent more likely to be ejected if they are not wearing a seat belt,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety. “Seat belt use is improving in rural communities, but there is still work to be done.”

The Colorado State Patrol said it had 14 troops involved in the crackdown, in addition to 33 local law enforcement agencies.

The next Click It or Ticket enforcement period will run from May 23 to June 5.

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