The Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement will be conducting increased Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement this week. According to numbers from CDOT, nearly half of the people killed in crashes last year were not wearing seat belts. Crash victims in rural communities can be especially vulnerable as they are often a significant distance away from the closest trauma center. Additional information about Colorado seat belt laws is available below.
Colorado’s Seat Belt Laws
- Adults — Colorado has a secondary enforcement law for adult drivers and front-seat passengers. Drivers can be ticketed for violating the seat belt law if they are stopped for another traffic violation.
- Teens— Colorado’s Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) Law requires all drivers under 18 and their passengers, no matter what their age, to wear seat belts. This is a primary enforcement, meaning teens can be pulled over simply for not wearing a seat belt or having passengers without seat belts.
- Children— Colorado’s Child Passenger Safety Law is a primary enforcement, meaning the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child under age 16 in the vehicle.
Fines for not buckling up start at $65, and parents or caregivers caught with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.