Law enforcement agencies enforcing seatbelt use

Law enforcement agencies enforcing seatbelt use

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona seatbelt and child safety seat laws.

Arizona presently conducts enforcement under a secondary seat belt law and a primary child safety/booster seat law.The enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach toward seatbelt and child safety seat usage.

As part of a the national “Click It or Ticket” seatbelt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home an important message: “Buckle Up …It’s the Law!”

Regular seatbelt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seatbelts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8 years old.

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seatbelts, motor-vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of Arizona.

The enforcement mobilization will run through June 2.