Memorial Day Weekend Click-It or Ticket Campaign Already Underway

click-or-ticket-300The Colorado Department of Transportation began their Memorial Day weekend leg of the Click-it or Ticket campaign yesterday.  The Colorado State Patrol and 65 law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado have joined the nationwide effort to increase education and enforcement of seat belt laws.  Of the 327 motor vehicle fatalities in 2013, which did not include motorcycles and pedestrians, more than half of them were not wearing their seat belt, with 49 percent of the unbuckled fatalities being alcohol-related. Colorado focuses its efforts on males who drive pickup trucks, as they are the most likely to not buckle up. Last year, men accounted for 68 percent of the unbuckled fatalities.  According to new data released from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle fatalities are increasing nationwide for the first time in five years. In 2012, 10,335 people who were killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing their seat belts, with the majority of fatalities occurring at night.