Buckle up during Memorial Day weekend travel

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- This Memorial Day Weekend will be a busy one for travelers. Six-hundred thousand Coloradans are expected to hit the road for the holiday, but will rising gas prices keep people home?

According to AAA of Colorado, 11.7 percent of the state's population is expected to hit the road, and with more people on the road, it's important to stay safe while driving.

However, with gas prices on the rise, 38 percent of Coloradans won't be on the road this weekend, staying closer to home.

“We are just are going to stick around here this Memorial Day and go to the park, and we normally go to the pool and something like that-- just get together with the family," said local mom Shelby Kendall.

Whether you're taking a road trip or not, The Colorado State Patrol is reminding the community to "Click it or Ticket."

“'Click it or Ticket' is a program we run from May 20 until June 2, and it's an extra enforcement period for all of the holiday Memorial weekend travelers," said Captain Matt Ozanic of the Colorado State Patrol.

Here's what you need to know about Colorado's seatbelt laws.

  • Adults have a secondary enforcement law, meaning if stopped for another traffic violation you can be ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt.
  • Teens Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law requires all drivers under 18 and passengers to buckle up.
  • Children under 16 must be properly restrained in the vehicle or else the driver can be stopped and ticketed.

If your plans include having a BBQ in the valley or traveling with the family, CSP wants the community to stay safe.

“Pay attention to your driving actions and again keep driving as your number one task while that's what you're doing," said Ozanic.

In just two days the CSP says they have already written 40 citations.

The good news is the majority of the valley is buckling up. Officials say they recently measured the seatbelt compliance rate, and Mesa County stands at 90 percent.

The state patrol also wants to remind the community that roads will be busy and they will continue to conduct scattered DUI checks.

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