In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Chandler Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to increase seat belt usage throughout Maricopa and Pima Counties.
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 special 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 – No Excuses!
The enforcement mobilization will run from September 25 to October 1, 2010.
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 to these agencies from a $600,000 demonstration grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designed to increase and sustain the seatbelt usage in Maricopa and Pima counties over the course of one year.