Sent on 5/19/2016 9:49:10 AM
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 serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8 years old. In an effort to save lives on Arizona’s roadways the Pima County Sheriff’s Department is joining efforts with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, state and local law enforcement agencies, and highway safety groups in supporting an aggressive national “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign from May 23 through June 5, 2016. Deputies will work extra shifts in an effort to enforce all traffic laws, especially seat belt violations, during the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The extra shifts are part of the High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant, which is funded through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.