Mesa Police Awarded Grant for Seat Belt Enforcement

February 27, 2010

The Mesa Police Department has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) as part of NHTSA's "Click It or Ticket Next Generation" seat belt enforcement pilot program. the Mesa Police Department, along with 27 other law enforcement agencies in Maricopa and Pima Counties, was hand-selected by GOHS to implement a demonstration project to test the effects of conducting multiple, interim seat belt enforcement mobilizations periods. The goal of the program is to sustain and increase the seat belt usage rates in Maricopa and Pima Counties.

Starting on February 27, 2010, officers from the Mesa Police Department will begin high profile visibility and traffic stops to enforce vehicle occupant protection laws. The overtime funds will have the effect of keeping officers on the street and enforcing the law for longer periods of time than their usual work week would normally allow. The guidelines of the grant require that law enforcement personnel make a sufficient number of self-initiated contacts per shift to justify the funding and police officer are expected to issue citations for all seat belt and child safety seat violations during these enforcement programs.

As one of only 27 agencies in the State to be selected for participation, we are both fortunate and very excited to be included in this grant funded pilot program. Historically, the Mesa Police Department has been a strong partner of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The Mesa Police Department would like to recognize the continued support of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety of our traffic safety and education programs in the City of Mesa. During the 2000 "Click It or Ticket" campaign, officers of the Mesa Police Department issued 356 seat belt citations in a one week period.

Look for an increased police presence on the streets starting February 27.


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