For the next week, three law enforcement agencies in the Grand Valley are teaming up to make sure you are wearing your seat belt.
Funding is helping pay the overtime bill for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office, Grand Junction Police Department and Colorado State Patrol as they focus efforts this year on overnight drivers.
Police say nighttime passengers are less likely to buckle up but most likely to die in a crash if unrestrained. Last year, 77% of those killed without a seat belt were men between the ages of 18 and 34.
"The aim [of this campaign] is certainly not to raise revenue, it's not to make money, it's not to see how many tickets we can write," Deputy Ben Carnes with the Mesa County Sheriff's Office said. "The aim is to get more people to wear their seat belts so we have less fatalities and less injuries on the road.
This week's push, starting July 23 and lasting until July 29, is taking place all around the state. Local police say they have zero tolerance for violators.
Last year, 1,815 tickets were written for violations across the state. A seat belt violation in Mesa County will cost you about $70, but since it's a secondary violation you will also most likely be facing more fines.
Federal grants from the Colorado Department of Transportation are helping law enforcement agencies pay for this program.