Arizona DPS launches new seat belt campaign

Troopers statewide will once again educate drivers about the importance of seat belt usage with the help of a $40,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Arizona Department of Public Safety will utilize the funding to enhance the seat belt program throughout 2016 by conducting saturation patrols, added manpower and participation in local and national campaigns such as “Buckle Up Arizona, It’s the Law” and “Click it or Ticket,” according to a press release.

“Fatalities are up on state and federal highways throughout the state. Many of these deaths could’ve been prevented had seat belts been used. Thanks to GOHS we will continue to educate the traveling public on this life saving device,” Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said in the release.

In 2015, DPS issued 3,162 citations for child safety seat violations. Ninety-nine child restraint warnings were issued. In addition, 18,977 seat-belt citations were given out with 408 seat-belt warnings.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity, ensuring highway and public safety.

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