In the state of Arizona, both drivers and passengers in a motor vehicle are required to wear seatbelts. All U.S. states have similar requirements in place because it has long been proved that seatbelts do save lives.
KTAR reports that Arizona motorists may be facing closer scrutiny by police and highway patrol officers to enforce the law. This latest push comes after a bill was recently signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey to ban the use of smartphones and other handheld devices while driving.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety along with law agencies across the state has partnered to enforce the laws through its most recent campaign. The program, “Buckle Up Arizona …It’s the Law!” was started by police departments and the Arizona Highway Patrol on May 20th and will run through June 2nd. The “Buckle Up Arizona …It’s the Law!” campaign is a part of the nationwide program, “Click it or Ticket.”
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department said that such programs had done a great deal to reduce the number of fatalities in crashes in the state by approximately 50% when used properly. Child restraints and safety seats have found to reduce injury or death by as much as 71% for infants under1-year-old and 54% for toddlers 1 to 4 years-of-age. Booster seats used for children ages 4 -8 years old reduce risk of serious injury by as much as 45%.
Arizona has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to seatbelts and child restraint laws.