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May 21, 2012 6:04 PM

'Click it or ticket' this week during increased seat belt enforcement

TUCSON - As part of the national "Click It or Ticket Campaign," law officers around Arizona will step up enforcement of the state's seatbelt and child seat laws, visibly and aggressively enforcing the laws with a "zero tolerance" approach.

"Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state," states a release from the Tucson Police Department. Regular seat belt usage has been proven to reduce the risk of a fatal front-seat injury by 45 percent, and 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs, and mini-vans.

As part of the "Buckle Up Arizona...It's the Law!" program, from May 21 to June 3, TPD traffic enforcement officers will be working a special overtime deployment through the city, concentrating on high-traffic areas during peak rush hours, the release states.

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