Sent on 9/18/2014 10:20:17 AM
The week of September 14-20, 2014, Traffic Enforcement Officers will deploy throughout the Town, stopping vehicles for moving violations and equipment violations, while concentrating their efforts on seat belt and car seat usage. Violations of the seat belt laws are secondary violations in the State of Arizona, meaning that officers cannot stop vehicles based on this violation. However, if a driver is stopped for another violation and is not wearing their seatbelt, the driver can be cited for the seatbelt violation at that time. Arizona’s child restraint law requires that every child under the age of five must be properly secured in a federally approved child safety seat, appropriate to the child’s height and weight. Each passenger who is at least five years of age, but less than eight years of age, and is not more than four feet nine inches tall, must be restrained in a child restraint system (booster seat). Officers observing violations of this law can stop a vehicle based solely on this violation. Additionally, The Marana Police Department, in partnership with Safe Kids Pima County, Tucson Medical Center and Tucson Police Department will be hosting a car seat check at the Target Store located at 4040 N. Oracle. The event will be held in the store parking lot on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Parents that have car seats are encouraged to come by for a free car seat check to ensure the seat has been properly installed. According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), car crashes are the number one killer of children ages one to 12 in the United States. • 40% of children who should be in a child restraint are not in one • 80% of child restraints are installed incorrectly • Every 12 minutes, one person is killed in a motor vehicle crash. Properly used rear-facing car seats reduce the risk of death during a crash by 71%. • Properly used forward-facing car seats reduce the risk of death during a crash by 54%. Anyone who would like a Nationally Certified Car Seat Technician to check their car seat to make sure it is properly installed or to answer questions about car seats, booster seats and child passenger safety, is encouraged to contact the Marana Police Department Community Resource Unit at (520) 382-2051.