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Tempe Police: Click It or Ticket Child Seat, Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign

DUI Enforcement remains on-going priority

Post Date:05/14/2014 8:59 AM

Community Affairs/PIO
molly_enright@tempe.gov

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

Chief of Police Tom Ryff continues to make traffic safety and DUI enforcement a top priority for our community.  In addition to the Child Seat and Seat Belt Enforcement, as always, Tempe Police will be diligently patrolling for impaired drivers as well, providing enforcement with the intent and hope to prevention fatalities and serious injuries caused by DUI.

Arizona has a secondary seat belt law; the enforcement campaign is based upon high 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, motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state.  The enforcement will run from May 19 thru June 1, 2014.

Consistent seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people, reducing fatalities and serious injuries.

  • Among drivers and front-seat passengers, seat belts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and cut the risk of serious injury by 50%.
  • People not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.
  • More than 3 out of 4 people who are ejected during a fatal crash die from their injuries.
  • When worn correctly, seat belts have proved to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45%; and by 60% for occupants of pickup trucks, SUVs and mini-vans (www.CDC.gov; www.nhtsa.gov).

Tempe Police are very appreciative of the grant funding provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety under the leadership of Alberto Gutier, in partnership with the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Tempe Police also will be patrolling impaired drivers, as well as child seat and seat belt violations, providing enforcement with the intent and hope to prevention fatalities and serious injuries caused by DUI.

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