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Buckle up! Arizona officers ramp up seat belt enforcement in May

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PHOENIX — After a bill was signed to limit the use of handheld cellphones in vehicles in Arizona, another initiative surrounded around safety on the roadways has kicked off.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has partnered up with law enforcement agencies around the state in an effort to save lives on the road.

The law enforcement campaign “Buckle Up Arizona… It’s the Law!” is back in action through June 2.

In Arizona, there’s a no-tolerance policy when it comes to seat belt and child safety seat usage.

According to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, when worn correctly, seat belts have been proven to reduce serious injuries and deaths by about 50%.

Child seats have been found to reduce the risk of injury of death by 71% for infants and 54% for toddlers.

Funded by the Governor’s Office of highway Safety, the statewide initiative is a part of the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign.

The campaign kicks off following Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s signing of House Bill 2318, which bans texting and driving.

The bill was signed just four months after the death of a Valley police officer who was killed by a man who admitted to texting and driving.

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