Verde Valley AZ (June 5, 2012) – In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has partnered with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to increase seat belt usage throughout Arizona. Arizona has a “secondary” seat belt law which means deputies cannot stop a driver for the sole offense of not wearing a seat belt. The enforcement campaign was based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.
As part of the special 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state stepped up traffic enforcement patrols and increased 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 vehicle collisions continue as the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state. This enforcement mobilization occurred between May 21st and June 3th, 2012. During this period deputies wrote 52 safety belt violations, 2 child safety violations, cited 3 drivers for suspended licenses, 2 drivers for being uninsured motorists, and issued 50 moving violation citations. There was one warrant arrest made during this targeted enforcement. Both seat belt and moving violation citations increased over the same period last year.
Target areas included Prescott, Skull Valley, Kirkland, Bagdad, Cornville, Verde Villages, and the Village of Oak Creek.
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 for this campaign was provided to YCSO and other agencies by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the goal to increase and sustain seatbelt usage throughout Arizona.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov