The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for its participation in the upcoming “Buckle Up, Arizona … It’s the Law!” seat belt enforcement campaign.
This state campaign is part of the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign. This grant assistance will fund additional officers on the streets during the two-week period of the campaign, May 21 to June 3.
The Salt River Police Department (SRPD) is supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of seat belt laws during the 2012 Click It or Ticket campaign. SRPD joins hundreds of other national, state and local law-enforcement departments and highway-safety advocates working to help save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt laws around the clock. High-visibility enforcement such as the Click It or Ticket mobilization is credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 84 percent in 2011.
Seat belts saves thousands of lives across America each year. In 2010, seat belts saved an estimated 12,546 lives nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Yet, too many motorists may need a tough reminder. In 2010, 22,187 passenger-vehicle occupants were killed in motor-vehicle crashes, and 51 percent of them were not wearing seat belts. Sixty-one percent of the 10,647 passenger-vehicle occupants who were killed in motor-vehicle crashes overnight (during the hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, compared with 42 percent during the daytime hours.
Younger motorists and men are particularly at risk. NHTSA data show that among vehicle occupants ages 18 to 34 who were killed in motor vehicle collisions in 2010, 62 percent were not buckled up at the time of the crash—the highest percentage of any age group. The number jumps to 66 percent when just men in this age group are included.