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Video calls attention to number of drivers not buckling up.

Video calls attention to number of...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It seems like second nature, get in the car, buckle up, and hit the road. 

But a video posted on Colorado State Patrol's Facebook page is calling attention to the number of people who don't buckle up.

The video has been viewed more than 17,000 times since it was posted Feb. 15.

"It's pretty saddening. I mean, it's got a lot of emotion into it," Tori Melton said.

The video depicts an accident where in which person didn't wear a seat belt, but everyone in the car died. 

"I know a lot of people who don't. They give a lot of excuses," Tony Anderson said. 

A study conducted by the Colorado Department of Transportation shows many people still aren't wearing their seat belt while driving. Only 71 percent of drivers in Pueblo County wore their seat belt, which is the lowest in the state according to the study. 

In El Paso County, 83 percent wear their seat belts. 

Sgt. Darrel Salberg with Colorado State Patrol said the scenes depicted in the video, play out in real life. 

"They're just a projectile and when they hit the ground, they could hit the ground either off the road, or they could hit on the road. If they land on the road, they could get run over," Salberg said. 

"My explanation back to them is I'd rather play the odds of wearing the seat belt and staying in the vehicle," Salberg said. 

"I guess I didn't really think about it," Melton said. 

Melton didn't used to wear his seat belt. 

"It changes your whole life around once you start having that family and that tie to it," Melton said. 

Melton thinks the video might make some people think twice before leaving their seat belt unbuckled.

"Watching that video should help open some eyes to it," Melton said. 

"It's so shocking, it may backfire on them, but it did hit me. If I didn't wear mine I'd be thinking about it," Anderson said.

If you are pulled over and aren't wearing your seat belt, Salberg said you will be fined nearly $75.

 

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