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5/18/2013 11:15:00 AM
Buckle up Arizona ... it's the law

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona's roadways this month, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Yavapai Sheriff's Office and local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona's seat belt and child safety seat laws.

Although Arizona has a secondary seat belt law, the enforcement campaign is based upon high visibility traffic enforcement with a "zero-tolerance" approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage.

As part of a the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona...It's the Law!

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.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Nye - Jerome

Is our government is overly authoritative? Compare to what I just read in the American Legion Magazine (June issue): "the North Korean government has officially approved 18 hairstyles for women and 10 for men. The barber-shop-conformity campaign is part of a broader effort 'to clamp down on Western influences', and to make sure North Koreans 'trim their hair in accordance with Socialist lifestyle' ".

I also recently read that some other government (can't remember which one) has issued an official list of approved names for babies. I don't think Dweezil or Moon Unit were on their list.

So, let's be thankful for the freedoms we still have.

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Crystal Bassett, AKA Bill's wife

Do you realize that it is a well known fact that you poop your pants when you die. Think about before you get in your car and decide NOT to buckle up.

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Bassett

This is the link to The Bugle article about another roll over on I 17. 4 people transported to hospitals 1 wore no seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, 2 kids in improperly installed child seats.

So regarding seat belt laws: Any questions?

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

I know! Right?

It turns out that risk takers want rights, but not responsibilities.

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Jane

@ Nutso Fasst & Carl Nye - Well put!

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Nye - Jerome

To Bill Bassett:

Don't you suppose people who have common sense already see the benefit of seat belts and are using them, law or no law? The law, then, apparently is created for people who either have no common sense, or simply are daredevils who willfully take their chances. I will agree that children can't make a common sense decision here, and should be buckled or car-seated until they are older. But it strikes me as over-authoritarian for the government to order people to protect themselves, and worse, to arrest and fine them if they do not. It is ironic that by not wearing a seat belt, we become subject to punishment of our own doing, since we made the law in the first place.

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: @ Frank Lee Confused

I've been asking that for decades. No one seems to have an answer.

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: nutso fasst

@ Bill Bassett:

Is it common sense for everyone to wear a helmet whenever they're in a vehicle on public roads? It could certainly save some lives in the event of a collision. Would you support a legislative mandate?

There's only one state that has no seat belt law: New Hampshire (state motto: "Live Free or Die"). Only five states have a lower traffic fatality rate than New Hampshire.

Does this mean seat belts don't save lives? No. Most likely, it means that responsible adults do not need state supervision to exercise common sense.

Everyday life is a balance between safety, convenience, and personal preference. When your 'common sense' becomes everyone's mandate, it is a 'big brother' thing.

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Confused

Folks who don't like seat belts should be able to opt out and sign an affidavit for their health insurance company. These folks could also reveal other risky behaviors like smoking. Then, our for profit health insurance companies will not be required to pay claims for these high risk behaviors.

Everyone will be freer and those of us who don't do risky stuff can enjoy the lower insurance premiums we deserve.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Carl Nye - Jerome

When your mom used to give you cod liver oil or make you eat your spinach, what did she say? "It's for your own good!"

So now we have lots of LAWS, for your own good. This seat belt click it or ticket law is a prime example.

When will we realize government is not our mom?

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Bill Bassett

Common sense is to wear your seat belt. Common sense is to belt your passengers in too an make sure your children are in car seats or booster seats. That's common sense. What is wrong with you people? Seat belts save lives. Seat belts prevent injury. Just wear the seat belt already. This is not political, not a big brother thing, it's a Common Sense thing.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: ID ID

"When will the citizens stand up and say,"enough already!" " you ask. When the citizens have enough savvy to figure out that it is us, the citizens, that are tying our own hands and giving up our own freedoms. How are we giving up our freedoms and tying our own hands you may ask? By not taking responsibility for our actions. We voted for mandatory seatbelts. We voted to have mandatory vehicle insurance. The more we vote for laws that look usefull to some we will continue to tighten that knoose around our neck. Common sense has been turned over to the Almighty "BLIND LAW".

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Answer to Blah Blahs question- -

Duh! The citizens will stand up right after they take off their seat belts!

Seems pretty simple.

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Buckle up oldtimer we need cash.Better buy
an antique auto with no signals or belts.Their
still gonna get ya when you flashem a finger.
Just cave in and pussy up.
Bikers are next.Put a bucket on your head or
Luckily Obama care will cover everyone so no need to put a bucket on your head.
Now reflectors on your ears is a whole new

Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013
Article comment by: Bob Loblaw

Just another excuse for Law Enforcement to harass and terrorize citizens.

When will the citizens stand up and say, "enough already!"

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