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“Get your Clicks on Route 66” Enforcement Program Will Take Place Along I-40 This Friday, Nov 2

Officers from seven states will focus on seatbelt compliance

Thursday, November 01, 2012 -

For the entire day of Friday, November 2, 2012, the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Highway Patrol Division will join seven other states in an enforcement program focusing on the use of seatbelts. While the promotion of seatbelt use is a priority statewide; tomorrow, specific attention will be given to the old route “66” corridor, which for the most part in Arizona has been replaced by Interstate 40. Arizona will be participating with several other states to include Oklahoma, Iowa, Mississippi, New Mexico, California, Texas and Kansas. Officers from those states will focus their enforcement on seatbelt compliance during the daylong event.

In Arizona seatbelt use is not a primary offense; however, if a driver is stopped for another reason and not wearing their seatbelt they can expect the officer will be taking enforcement action. Seatbelts and child restraints are credited with saving approximately 13,000 lives annually according to the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration. Seatbelts and child restraints also reduce the likeliness of injury during a roll-over crash by 75 percent.

Last year, during the month of November, the Highway Patrol investigated 20 fatal crashes. Of these crashes, 6 involved unbelted occupants who died. In July of this year there were 25 fatal crashes investigated by the Highway Patrol, 15 of those had occupants killed that were not wearing their seatbelts.

The Department of Public Safety is asking for your help to reduce these numbers. When traveling on Arizona roadways use your seatbelts and child restraint systems, don’t drive distracted or impaired, and obey the traffic laws to improve your chances of arriving at your destination safely.