**Kingman Police Department Receives Grant Funding from Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety**

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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 Enforcement Campaign from November 16 – 29, 2020 as part of the National Click It or Ticket Campaign.  The grant funds will be used to pay for officer’s overtime costs for enhanced targeted seat belt and child safety seat usage throughout the City of Kingman.  The purpose of the campaign is for the Kingman Police Department to 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.  The goal of this Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) and the Kingman Police Department is to sustain and increase seatbelt usage rates through this campaign.

Motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death, injury and property damage in Arizona and the United States. A number of factors contribute to the risk of collision to include speed, road design, environment, skill, and impairment.  The human factor that has been consistently identified in reducing collisions and minimizing their effects is the consistent usage of seat belts and child safety seats.

Seat belts and child safety seats have proven to significantly reduce the chance of death and injuries of passengers in vehicles. According to the Center 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 (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8-year-old.

According to the Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts, there were 911 vehicle occupants (driver/passenger) fatalities in 2019, of which 300 (33%) were unrestrained. Children under the age of five accounted for 7 passenger fatalities in 2019, of which 1 (14%) were unrestrained.

The Kingman Police Department wants you to buckle up every time! It is the hope of the Kingman Police Department that each and every person arrives home, to work, or to their family safe.  Holiday travel is upon us and many people will be on the roadways and we want you to arrive safely to your destination. Please plan ahead by checking weather and roadway conditions before you leave. Ensure your vehicle is ready for travel with properly inflated tires, working headlights, taillights, and turn signals. Additional steps should be taken to prep your vehicle for is adverse weather conditions. Ensure that your windshield wipers work and replace if needed and you may need to be prepared for snowy conditions with snow-chains, etc. Be prepared for delays as holiday travel presents some of the busiest days on the roadways.  Pack your patience, drive with caution and Buckle Up Arizona… It’s the Law!





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