Buckle up Arizona: PD begins seat belt safety campaign

The Scottsdale Police Department is located at 3700 N. 75th St. (File photo)

The Scottsdale Police Department is located at 3700 N. 75th St. (File photo)

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways 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.

Arizona presently conducts enforcement under a secondary seat belt law and a primary child safety seat 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 vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of the state, according to a press release.  The enforcement mobilization will run from May 23, through June 5.

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 serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent.

The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45 percent among children ages 4 to 8 years old.

The Scottsdale Independent is published monthly and mailed to 75,000 homes and businesses in Scottsdale.

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