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Arizona Departmentof Public Safety Joins Click it or Ticket 2010 to Reduce Crash Deaths

Motorists Face increased Enforcement

Friday, May 21, 2010 -

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In 2008, 12,671 passenger vehicle occupants died in motor-vehicle crashes nationwide between the hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nearly two thirds (64 percent) of those who died were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crashes, compared to less than half (45 percent) of the passenger vehicle occupants killed during the daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.

On Arizona’s state highway system in 2008, there were 288 fatal crashes resulting in 345 deaths. In 124 of these crashes seatbelts were not worn. Over half of these, 148 crashes, occurred at night.

“Night time drivers and passengers continue to be among those least likely to wear seat belts. Consequently, they are also among those most likely to die in motor crashes. That’s why the Arizona Department of Public Safety is supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of belt laws during the May 24-June 6, 2010, Click It or Ticket campaign,” said Sgt. Kevin Wood.

High-visability enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 84 percent in 2009. Seat belt use saves thousands of lives each year across America. In 2008 alone, seat belts saved 13,250 lives nationwide and 260 in Arizona.

“Local motorists should be prepared for increased Click It or Ticket activities that will take place around the clock. If law enforcement finds you on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, you can expect to get a ticket – not a warning. No excuses and no exceptions,” said Lt. Col Jack Hegarty.

Remember this May 24 to June 6, 2010: It’s Click It or Ticket. Buckle up and make sure your loved ones to do the same. You will save the cost of a ticket and may even save a life.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.