Report: Colorado on verge of danger when it comes to vehicle safety laws

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Published: Jan. 22, 2018 at 10:42 PM MST
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The rules of the road in Colorado are raising concerns for safety advocates.

The report by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, says Colorado's laws make the state close to being dangerously behind in adoption of

recommended optimal safety laws. The report gives Colorado a "Caution" grade of 7 out of 16, one point above the "Danger" category.

Seat belts are mandatory for drivers and all front-seat passengers in Colorado. But it is a secondary offense.

It's one of the many laws the group dings Colorado for in its new report. The state barely gets a "Caution" grade, saying the state needs improvement because of gaps in recommended laws.

Lax rules when it comes to Teen drivers, Child protection systems, and topping the list: seat belt enforcement.

It's a problem in our area. CSP says in some rural areas of the Western Slope, they see only about 25 percent of people wearing them.

The report says 16 states do not have primary enforcement seat belt laws for front seat passengers; 31 for back seat passengers.