The Vail Police Department is taking part in the second of three statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement campaigns. The enforcement period is from Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, June 8. A third enforcement campaign will take place July 18-24.
The seat belt law for adults requires the driver and front seat passengers to buckle up. The law is a secondary offense, meaning a driver must be stopped for another offense before receiving a ticket for a seat belt violation. The minimum fine is $65.
The Vail Police Department will be devoting over 90 hours of patrol time to seat belt enforcement during the upcoming campaign. Patrol Officer Mike Bindle says the efforts could save a life. “While our compliance is high, we’re hoping our presence will be just what’s needed for even more people to buckle up on a routine basis,” he said.
After the last Click It or Ticket campaign earlier this spring in Vail, officers found a compliance rate of 96 percent during a post survey, well above the state average of 82 percent.
In 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 49 percent of those killed were not wearing seatbelts. Despite efforts aimed at increasing belt use among teens, observed seat belt use among teens and young adults, 16 to 24 years old, stood at 80 percent in 2008 – the lowest of any age group. In 2009 the majority, 56 percent of young people 16 to 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were unbuckled, according to the NHTSA.
The national Click It or Ticket Mobilization is conducted by the Air Bag and Seat Belt Safety Campaign of the National Safety Council in conjunction with NHTSA, state highway safety offices, law enforcement agencies and the National Transportation Safety Board.
For questions about the Vail Click It or Ticket Campaign, contact Officer Bindle at 970-479-2200.