Buckle up or pay the price when driving in Southern Arizona

2014-05-23T09:15:00Z 2014-05-23T13:42:59Z Buckle up or pay the price when driving in Southern ArizonaKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 23, 2014 9:15 am  • 

Buckle up, Arizona drivers, or prepare to pay the price.

Literally.

Today through June 6, deputies with the Cochise County Sheriff’s office will take a “zero-tolerance approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage violations,” as part of its Occupant Protection Enforcement Program, sheriff’s spokeswoman Carol Capas said in a news release.

Also known as “Click-it or Ticket,” the seat belt enforcement campaign is being launched by law enforcement agencies statewide and funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

“Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state,” Capas said. “When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50 percent.”

Through the first week of June, law enforcement agencies across the state will step up high-visibility traffic patrols to encourage drivers and passengers to buckle their seat belts and ensure children are properly secured.

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