Last updated 8:31PM ET
December 12, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Seatbelt Crackdown Underway
(2007-05-22)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Police throughout Southwest Colorado are joining "Click It or Ticket," a nationwide two week campaign to enforce seatbelt laws.
At a Monday News Conference two Durango High Students who are now firm believers in seatbelts helped spread the message.
KSUT's Victor Locke Reports:

VICTOR: Of the 18 people to die in crashes in Southwest Colorado last year, 9 were not wearing seatbelts.
Statistics reinforce you're more likely to die in a crash without a seatbelt on.
Durango High Students Frisco Cruise and Jasyn Ivery learned the value of belts last May when Cruise rolled his SUV one and a half times on Lightner Creek Road.
CRUISE: WHILE WE WERE UPSIDE DOWN I HAD THE GENIUS IDEA TO TRY AND STEER US BACK ON THE ROAD FROM THE UPSIDE DOWN POSITION. THE FRONT OF THE CAR PEELED BACK A BIT, MY HANDS WENT THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD INTO THE GROUND SO MY HANDS GOT REALLY REALLY REALLY SCREWED UP. IF I DIDN'T HAVE MY SEATBELT ON I WOULD HAVE SLAMMED INTO THE ROOF AND EITHER BROKEN MY NECK OR MY SHOULDER, BEEN SEVERELY INJURED OR DEAD.
IVERY: I HAD MY ARM RESTING ON THE WINDOW AND IT WAS ROLLED DOWN AND WE ROLLED AND MY ARM WENT OUTSIDE THE CAR AND DRUG ON THE STREET AS WE ROLLED. SO IF I HADN'T HAD MY SEATBELT ON I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE LOST MY ARM OR JUST GONE OUT OF THE CAR.
Police issue tickets, no warnings, during Click It Or Ticket which runs through June 3rd.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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