Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law! Enforcement Campaign
Arizona Occupant Protection Enforcement Program
Monday, May 20th through Sunday, June 2nd
May 16th, 2013
Contact: Motor Sergeant Jim Dear 480-312-2832
Scottsdale, AZ – In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Scottsdale Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.
Although Arizona has a secondary seat belt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.
As part of a the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law!
Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state. Most recent statistics show that of the nearly 500 vehicle occupants who died during collisions in 2010, 47% of them did not use restraints, and for children under the age of 5 that figure was 27%. This year’s enforcement mobilization will run from May 20th through June 2nd.
Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% – and by 60% for occupants of pickup trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.
Funding was provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
BUCKLE UP ARIZONA….IT’S THE LAW