Starting July 21st to the 27th the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement agencies throughout the state are working together to encourage greater nighttime seat belt use.
The use of seat belts at night is always lower than the day time. “In 2013, Colorado’s nighttime seat belt enforcement resulted in 2,370 citations, with the Aurora Police Department (460), Colorado State Patrol (400) and Loveland Police Department (203) citing the most drivers” (CDOT).
Here are 4 reasons why you should wear your seat belt.
1) It saves lives
The seat belt is designed to help protect you in an accident; it is the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury.
“In 2012, seat belts saved approximately 12,174 lives nationwide. An additional 3,031 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained passenger vehicle occupants five and older involved in fatal crashes had been properly restrained” (CDOT).
2) It saves you money
You well receive at least a $65 ticket if you are caught not wearing your seat belt.
If you were involved in a crash and you were not wearing your seat belt, the costs both personal and financial are much higher.
3) Positive economic and Societal impact
According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report titled, “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes,” seat belt use has saved approximately $1.6 trillion in economic costs (2010 dollars) since 1975. The deaths and injuries that occur from nonuse continue to cost an estimated $14 billion each year in medical care, lost productivity and other injury related costs.
4) Seat belts are your best defense against an impaired driver
Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol says, “We consistently see an increase in DUIs and decrease in seat belt use at night, and the two are sometimes related – many impaired drivers don’t wear their seat belts. We’re doing this increased nighttime enforcement to crack down on this risky behavior and remind everyone that a seat belt can save your life, no matter what time it is.” seat belts are your best defense against an impaired driver.
Everyone here at Marks Auto Sales want you to drive safe and please wear your seat belt!
To learn more about Colorado’s Seat Belt Laws or more information about this topic please visit CDOT‘s press release.
Colorado Department of Transportation. Nighttime- Focused Seat Belt Enforcement Begins Statewide July 21. Jul 21, 2014. http://www.coloradodot.info/news/2014-news-releases/07-2014/nighttime-focused-seat-belt-enforcement-begins-statewide-july-21.