The Vail Police Department took part in the first of three statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement campaigns from March 28 through April 3 and is reporting impressive local compliance. A pre-survey was conducted in Vail before the campaign began and found that 97 percent of drivers and passengers were wearing their seat belts. The Colorado state average is 85 percent. Officers worked nearly 40 hours during the campaign. Because the seat belt law is a secondary offense, drivers were stopped for another offense before receiving a citation.
The results are much improved from previous campaigns in which a pre-survey in 2014 found 84.6 percent of drivers wearing seat belts followed by a 2015 pre-survey showing 93 percent compliance.
Chief Dwight Henninger says the community should take pride in the latest results. “This is a very significant improvement toward our goal of 100 percent compliance,” he said. “Always remember to buckle up yourself and your family – every trip, every time.”
The national Click It or Ticket mobilization is conducted by the Air Bag & Seat Belt Safety Campaign of the National Safety Council in conjunction with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 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 Mike Bindle at 970-479-2200.