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Craig briefs: Local educators to be honored in newspaper







— Teacher Appreciation Week is the first week of May. The Craig Daily Press is seeking letters to the editor that honor favorite teachers, past and present, for the newspaper's May 1, May 3 and May 5 print editions.

Send letters honoring the teacher who made a difference in your life to editor@CraigDailyPress.com. Deadline for submissions is April 28. For more information, call Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790.

Click It or Ticket begins in state's rural counties

To encourage drivers in rural communities to buckle up, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will conduct a special Click It or Ticket seatbelt enforcement campaign in rural counties through Sunday.

Law enforcement issued 1,605 citations in rural communities during last year's spring enforcement.

"About half of all people killed in passenger vehicle traffic crashes in Colorado last year were unbuckled," Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, said in a statement. "By focusing efforts in Colorado's rural counties, where seat belt use is the lowest, we hope more people will consider seat belts a necessity rather than a choice."

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Crash victims in rural communities are especially vulnerable, since they are often hours from the closest trauma center.

It is essential that crash victims receive care as soon as possible to increase their chances of survival.

Wearing a seat belt is one of the most effective ways to prevent traumatic injury or death in a crash.

Fines for not buckling up start at $65, and parents or caregivers caught with an improperly restrained child can receive a minimum fine of $82.