Click It or Ticket Enforcement Campaign Begins September 25

September 24, 2010

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona's roadways this month, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Mesa Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to increase seat belt usage throughout Maricopa and Pima Counties.

Although Arizona has a secondary seat belt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a zero tolerance approach toward seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of a special Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, the Mesa Police Department will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message:  Buckle Up Arizona...No Excuses!

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 injury to the citizens of our state. The enforcement mobilization will run from September 25 through October 3, 2010.

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 pick-up trucks, SUV's and mini-vans.

 The Mesa Police Department and other participating agencies were awarded funding for this campaign through a $600,000 demonstration grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) designed to increase and sustain seat belt usage in Maricopa and Pima counties over the course of one year. 



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Mesa, AZ 85211

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