Kingman police to conduct Buckle Up Campaign
KINGMAN – The Kingman Police Department has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to participate in the two-week “Buckle Up Arizona … It’s the Law” program from May 23 through June 5 as part of the National Click It or Ticket Campaign.
According to a KPD press release, the grant funds will pay for officers’ overtime costs to enhance targeted seat belt and child safety seat usage in Kingman. Kingman police will engage in aggressive traffic enforcement with a “zero tolerance” approach to seat belt and child safety seat violations.
In Arizona, seat belt violations are a secondary law, while child safety seats are primary law. In 2021, seat belt usage in Arizona was 88.8%, a decrease of 1.8% since 2019.
Motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death, injury and property damage in Arizona and the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seat belt use reduces serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.
The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants younger than 1 year old and by 54% for toddlers ages 1 to 4 in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8.