The Colorado State Patrol Urges In-State and Out-of-State Motorists to use Seatbelts

 

(COLO) – With pandemic restrictions easing across the country, summer travel was anticipated to be even higher this year. In a proactive measure, Colorado and five surrounding states came together to send a consistent message to motorists – stay buckled no matter how far you are traveling.  These states launched the campaign on Memorial Day, called State2State. Buckle Up and it will continue through Labor Day.

From the Colorado State Patrol perspective, this is how motorists are doing so far.

Since Memorial Day (May 31, 2021) until July 7, 2021, the Colorado State Patrol has issued over 1,675 seatbelt citations. While understandably most of these citations were to driver’s holding a Colorado license, to date these citations have included license holders from 36 additional states. After Colorado driver’s, the states that received the most seatbelt citations over this five-week period included, in order of volume:

Texas

Arizona & California (tied)

New Mexico

In addition, since the State2State Campaign launched on Memorial Day (May 31, 2021), the Colorado State Patrol has investigated 81 injury and fatal crashes where the occupants were either not wearing a seat belt or improperly wearing one. While victim seatbelt usage in fatal crashes has improved slightly this calendar year (42.37% wearing seatbelts) this is still down from pre-pandemic numbers of 2019 where 47% of victims involved in fatal crashes were wearing seatbelts.

Returning to the 81 fatal and injury crashes from Memorial Day until July 7, 2021 with occupants not wearing seatbelts, again the majority of people involved were from Colorado. However, after Colorado, the states that had highest number of seriously injured or fatalities over this five-week period included, in order of volume:

New Mexico

Idaho

California

The simple message to Buckle Up aims to help make Colorado roads a safer place. Drivers and passengers need to do their part and buckle up no matter what state they call home.

“Coloradoans have a seat belt usage of 86% which is below the national average of 90%, said Chief Matthew Packard, Colorado State Patrol. “Your Colorado State Troopers see the results of not wearing a seat belt. We see the loss of life. Make the right choice, not an excuse. Buckle Up.”

Seat belts not only save lives; they can significantly reduce the severity of injuries for those individuals involved in a crash.

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