11/22/2006

Seat belt use

Thanksgiving weekend is one of the highest travel weekend in the year. If you are one of the millions of people hitting the road, we at the Colorado State Publications Library encourage you to use your seat belts and arrive alive. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) “Click it or Ticket” website, last year in Colorado 460 drivers and passengers died on our highways and 258 of them weren't buckled up.

To ensure the safety of children passengers, check out the Colorado Child Passenger Safety website sponsored by CDOT and the Colorado State Patrol. In addition to a link to the text of the law on child restraint systems, it has a summation of the law’s provision. The infant, car seat and safety belt provisions of the law are primary enforcement, meaning the driver can be stopped and ticketed if an officer sees an unrestrained or improperly restrained child in the vehicle.

To help have a happy Thanksgiving, take a few seconds to make sure everyone in the car uses seat belts and that all children use correctly installed child restraint systems or booster seats.

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