Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law! – Enforcement Campaign is ONGOING


This media release will cover the final enforcement summary report for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety ‘Buckle Up AZ’ grant covering November 16 to November 29.

3 YCSO deputies worked nearly 20 hours of overtime conducting enforcement patrols of Yavapai County focusing on seatbelt violations. During this detail, 10 seatbelt citations were issued along with 8 moving violations. There were numerous other arrests for charges including Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, and Operating a Vehicle without an Ignition Control Device.

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In one particular traffic stop on November 28 in the Castle Canyon neighborhood area near Prescott Valley, a motorcyclist fled from a deputy attempting a traffic stop for no turn signal or visible registration. The suspect was eventually located and arrested on charges including Unlawful Flight from Law Enforcement, Excessive Speed and lack of an Ignition Control Device. Additionally, there is an investigation underway to determine if the motorcycle he was riding was stolen. The suspect is identified as 26-year-old Rafael Sanchez of Prescott Valley. He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on the indicated charges and remains in-custody on a $5000 bond. 

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The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the GOHS for this funding as we continue to encourage all passengers to Buckle Up while NOT Driving Distracted. 


Previous release – November 24, 2020 – In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

Although Arizona has a secondary seatbelt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage. Secondary offense is an offense for which a driver or a passenger can receive a citation but only after a driver has been pulled over for a primary offense violation. 

As part of a national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, the Sheriff’s Office 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.  The enforcement mobilization is ongoing from November 16 through November 29.   

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. In the last few years, we have seen several deaths due, in part, to a lack of seat belt use following a collision. See https://youtu.be/stzrWDJ66MQ from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Funding is provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.  BUCKLE UP ARIZONA…. IT’S THE LAW!

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 

or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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