AZ cracks down on drivers without seat belts

Posted at 6:27 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 09:27:56-04

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.