Arizona law enforcement agencies are teaming up to make sure you and your kids are buckled up in the car.
The move is part of the nation's "Click It or Ticket" initiative -- a safety campaign that targets drivers not wearing seat belts.More Arizona officers will be looking for offenders starting Monday through the first week of June. Enforcement in the state is under a secondary seat belt law for adults, however, Arizona has a primary child safety seat law. Car crashes continue to be one of the leading causes of death and injury in Arizona, a media release says. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, proper seat belt use reduces risk of death or serious injury by 50 percent. For infants and toddlers, correct safety seat usage cuts down on serious injuries and death by 71 and 54 percent respectively.
From a personal injury perspective, proper use of seatbelts reduce the potential for injury and/or the potential severity of accident related injuries. Similarly, helmets reduce both risks in accidents involving motorcyclists and bicyclists. Not only does the failure to wear a seatbelt increase the risk and severity of injury from an accident, but it can also reduce one’s recoverable “damages” stemming from an accident related injury. For example, someone who hits their head on their windshield in a car crash, will likely find their recovery for the severity of any head injuries, as well as the cost of any related treatment, significantly reduced.
Besides the “cost” of being cited for no seatbelt, the potential “cost” to our health and wellbeing isn’t worth any inconvenience posed by using a seatbelt.
Moreover, as adults, we owe it to our children to model positive behavior. This means that we need to both wear our seatbelts whenever driving, but also insist that all of our passengers wear their seatbelts. We want it to become second nature for our children to always put on their seatbelts, even when we’re not there to remind them.