The Goodyear Police Department has received two grants totaling $134,450 from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the department announced.
The first, for $129,450, will cover the department’s traffic unit Proposition 207/impaired driver enforcement, overtime, public education, enforcement vehicle and equipment purchases for fiscal 2021.
Proposition 207 is the Smart and Safe Arizona Act passed by Arizona voters last November, legalizing recreational marijuana use by adults 21 and older.
The traffic enforcement unit’s goal and the execution of the grant are to reduce the incidence of traffic fatalities and injuries as well as the high cost to residents resulting from DUI/impaired driving, the release stated.
The grant will allow Goodyear Police to conduct aggressive enforcement, provide education, purchase an enforcement vehicle and additional equipment.
Buckle Up Arizona
The second grant, for $5,000, will go toward the Buckle Up Arizona … It’s the Law! enforcement campaign to be conducted from Monday, May 24, through Sunday, June 6, according to a release.
The campaign is a joint effort between the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety law enforcement agencies across the state to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.
The state conducts enforcement under a secondary seat belt law and a primary child safety seat law, the release stated.
The enforcement campaign is based on high visibility traffic enforcement with a “zero-tolerance” approach toward seat belt and child safety seat violations.
As part of a the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will step up traffic enforcement patrols and increase other enforcement efforts to drive home the message during Buckle Up Arizona.
Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicle collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries in Arizona, the release stated.
Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%, the release stated.
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 years old, the release stated.