Seat belt use lags

By Pat Sunderland

A new study on seat belt usage conducted for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reveals that 85.2 percent of the state's roadway users are buckling up. But a team of trained observers estimated the usage rate in Delta County at just 70.8 percent. Baca, a rural county in the eastern plains, had the lowest usage rate of 67.1 percent.

According to CDOT, rural counties on the Western Slope and eastern plains generally have lower usage rates. These rural counties also have a higher proportion of pickup trucks, which tend to have lower seat belt use rates.