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‘Buckle Up Arizona … It’s the Law!’ enforcement campaign set to begin May 20

A "Buckle Up Arizona...It's the Law!" enforcement effort is expected to run May 20 through June 2, 2019. (Courier stock photo)

A "Buckle Up Arizona...It's the Law!" enforcement effort is expected to run May 20 through June 2, 2019. (Courier stock photo)

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with Prescott Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies from May 20 through June 2 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 toward seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of a 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 our state.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes, a news release states. When worn correctly, seat belts 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 (ages 1 to 4) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children 4 to 8 years old.

Funding was provided by the governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Information provided by the Prescott Police Department.

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