Arkansas Police Group Wins Grant to Promote Buckling up

Funding amount of $75,000 will be divided between police departments in Bella Vista, Benton and Jacksonville.
LITTLE ROCK, AR (News Release) - The Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) was recently awarded $75,000 for Combined Occupant Protection and Speed Mini Grants from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police (SACOP), in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The funds will be allocated to three participating police departments (Bella Vista, Benton, and Jacksonville) based on their departments’ proposals to enhance local law enforcement in promoting seat belt usage through innovative programs and enforcement crackdowns.

With an enforcement period beginning in early May, the three
participating departments will roll-out their program activities for a period of 6 months.

This afternoon at 2:30 p.m., the association and its participating departments will hold a statewide kickoff and press conference on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol. Speakers will include Brent Stevenson, xecutive Director, AACP; Mary E. Aitken, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital; Hope Mullins of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention Center; and Hope’s daughter, Faith ullins, who survived a head-on collision in August of 2011 due in part to wearing her seatbelt.
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