Buckle up Arizona: Seat belt crackdown begins

Phoenix Police, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and several other law enforcement agencies are teaming up to enforce Arizona's seat belt and child safety seat laws.

This is all part of the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign and the local agencies want to send a message: Buckle up Arizona.. it's the law!

The enforcement campaign is based up on visibility traffic enforcement with a zero tolerance approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, car crashes like the ones we've been reporting on continue to be a leading cause of death and serious injuries.

Properly installed child safety seats have been found to reduce the risk of infant deaths by 71 percent and 54 percent for toddlers.

The enforcement begins May 18th and will run through the end of the month.

Arizona has a secondary seat belt law that allows officers to only issue citations for violations during traffic stops for other violations.  However, Arizona's child restraint law is a primary enforcement measure under which officers can stop vehicles because of suspected violations of that law.


Funding for this crackdown was provided by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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