The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is funding an effort to further enforce Arizona’s seatbelt laws for the coming week.
The move is part of the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign, and aims to ensure that drivers and passengers are wearing seat belts while driving on the state’s road ways.
“Buckling up is something that should be almost instantaneous when you get behind the wheel of a car," said Alberto Gutier, director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. "And even though in Arizona we see an 82 percent use rate, we still continue to see tragedies on the highways and streets. And when people do not buckle up or buckle their children up properly, we see fatalities.”
Police officers are also watching to make sure small children are properly buckled into child safety seats.
In 2010, the office of highway safety reported, 47 percent of Arizona traffic fatalities involved people not wearing seatbelts.