Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office to help with seat-belt, child-safety-seat enforcement program May 18-31

The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and other local law enforcement agencies May 18-31 in a program focusing on Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws. Funding was provided by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, according to a press release.

Arizona presently conducts enforcement under a secondary seat belt law and a primary child safety seat law. The Arizona Occupant Protection Program is based upon high-visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage, according to the release.

As part of the 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,” according to the release.

“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. Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputies county-wide will be participating,” Officer Christopher Hegstrom, MCSO media relations spokesman, said in the release.

“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 serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54 percent for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45 percent among children ages 4 to 8 years old,” he said in the release.

The Queen Creek Independent is mailed each month to 24,000 homes.

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