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Law Says Use Seat Belts and Car Seats

Sedona AZ (May 20, 2017) – In an effort to save more lives on Arizona roadways, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is joining the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and our local law enforcement partners to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws. The enforcement effort will run from May 22 through June 4, 2017.

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. The enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

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 (under 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.

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicle collisions continue to be a leading cause of death and serious injuries.

Remember to keep it safe and enjoy the ride. As Poco Diablo McGuire, SedonaEye.com Star Four Paws Up Pet Columnist says, “Buckle Up, Arizona. It’s the law!”

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website at www.ycsoaz.gov.

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2 Comments

  1. Sedona Youth Car Wash on Sunday says:

    Youth Car Wash, Sunday, May 21.

    The Annual Youth Car Wash is Sunday, May 21, immediately following the 10 am service. All the proceeds go toward sending St. Andrew’s youth to summer camp at Chapel Rock in Prescott. Refreshments will be available for you while you wait for your car to get sparkling clean. Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church is on 100 Arroyo Pinon Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336 in west Sedona off SR89A.

  2. Buster says:

    Hi Senor Poco Diablo McGuire:

    Mom say to offer a couple suggestions here:

    How bout remindin’ folks to stay off their cell phones when driving. We had a coupla close calls cuz drivers were too dang distracted.

    Then, too, if people would be so thoughtful to use their right trun blinky lights – specially at those roundabouts. That would be neato so others trying to get through those sometimes snarly spots could move right along.

    Ok?

    Tanks, Buddy.
    From Buster

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