The Scottsdale Police Department is committed to helping make our streets safer by stepping-up enforcement and reminding all drivers and passengers to “Click It or Ticket.” This crackdown, funded by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will begin May 22nd and end June 4th, 2017. This campaign marks the first of many aggressive seat belt enforcement waves across Arizona, designed to increase seat belt use and decrease serious injuries or fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes.
In 2015, nationwide there were an estimated 6,296,000 police reported traffic crashes, in which, 35,092 people were killed and an estimated 2,443,000 people were injured. An average of 96 people died each day in motor vehicle crashes in 2015, one fatality every 15 minutes. 13,941 lives were saved on the roadways in 2015 by the use of seat belts. Nationwide, seat belt usage is at 89%, up 2% from previous years. In 2015 Arizona had 116,609 crashes, 811 fatalities and 36,139 injuries which is up from 109,664 crashes and 709 fatalities in 2014.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 453 people that were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Arizona during 2015 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash. Over 7,200 drivers or occupants were injured by not wearing their seat belts. Child restraints are equally important as there were over 41 children under the age of 5 that were killed or injured for not being properly restrained.
Seat belt use is proven to reduce these serious injuries. CLICK IT OR TICKET!
Scottsdale officers will be joining this national campaign by aggressive enforcement and education during this and other organized efforts.
For more information, please visit: www.NHTSA.gov.