In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways, 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. A 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 the 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 vehicle 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. 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.