Hayden police: Fasten up or pay up


— Failures to buckle up could cost your wallet. Worse, it could cost you your life.

That's the message Hayden police have for drivers as the department prepares to implement this year's Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign.

The department received a $1,250 grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation that will pay for about 40 hours of overtime dedicated to traffic enforcement.

Since Click It or Ticket started in 2002, drivers and passenger deaths on Colorado highways have decreased by 27 percent. According to the National Highway Traffic Saf--ety Administration, lap and shoulder belts reduce the risk of death for front seat car passengers by 45 percent.

"We want to have a safe summer in our community," officer Darin Falk said. "We hope drivers will buckle up on every trip and ensure that young passengers are properly secured in appropriate child-safety seats and other passengers are wearing seat belts."

From Monday to June 4, police will conduct extra patrols looking for unbuckled children, speeders and aggressive drivers.

The campaign coincides with the approach of Memorial Day weekend, when summer travel in----creases.

For adults, drivers must be stopped for another offense to receive a ticket for a seat belt violation. The minimum fine is $18. Drivers younger than 17 can be stopped for not wearing seat belts, and their minimum fines are $40 and two points against their driving records. Failing to properly buckle a child means a $58.80 ticket.

"We will be issuing tickets to all seat-belt law violators," Falk said.

-- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com


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