Phoenix — The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) a $10,000.00 grant to pay for overtime and other expenses related to the two week Buckle Up Arizona Enforcement Campaign from May 21, 2018 through June 3, 2018.
According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, 952 people died in automobile crashes in 2016, of which 333 (35%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 11 passenger fatalities in 2016, of which 3 (27%) were unrestrained.
“The numbers tell the whole story. Drivers and passengers must put on their seat belts and make sure their children are properly restrained every time they get into a vehicle. The lifesaving benefits from seatbelt use helps families and friends travel safely on Arizona roadways. Thanks to support from Director Alberto Gutier of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, DPS Troopers will be able to educate drivers and enforce state laws. Reducing injuries and fatalities through seat belt use is one of our top priorities,” said Lt. Col. Wayde Webb, Assistant Director, Highway Patrol Division.