Nationally, 87% of drivers and passengers wear seat belts. For Colorado in 2014 the compliance percentage was 82.4%. Sadly, for Pueblo nearly 30% of drivers don’t use seat belts.
Last year in Colorado, 156 people who died in crashes were not wearing a seat belt. This was over half of the 308 passenger vehicle fatalities.
Consequently, Pueblo is launching a special effort through May 31 to crack down on this problem. Fines will range from $30 to $100.
Will the fear of ticket convince someone to click it? When the fear of death doesn’t deter them?
To find out why people refuse to wear their seat belt in spite of dire consequences, I thought I’d interview survivors of crashes left to lick wounds.
“I can’t stand being confined,” hollered a man with arms and legs intermingled among branches of an Elm tree about 30 feet up.
“That strap across my chest is so uncomfortable,” moaned the young woman laboring for breaths with two punctured lungs and three broken ribs.
“I wanted to lay down in the back seat for a nap,” whispered a teen just before he lapsed into a coma.
“Nobody tells me what to do,” roared a man with both ears slashed and bloodied by a windshield so that he can’t hear.
“It takes too much time to buckle,” blurted the saleswoman as she began her six months of rehab.
“It won’t happen to me,” laughed the man whose left side of his body was ripped off by the mangled car frame but he’s all right now.
A ticket? Lick wounds? You’d think we’d just click it!
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