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Suburban Phoenix police put funds to use on seat belt/car seat campaign

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded Glendale Police $20,000 to help increase the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats.

Glendale Police Sgt. Jay O'Neil said this will allow the department to deploy more officers in and around school zones this month.

"We want parents to realize that the whole point of this is to keep their children safe. We're not out there to cause people grief or financial burden. We're just keeping the streets safe."

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers that wearing seat belts saves lives, crashes involving people not belted continue to play a factor in the cause of deaths and serious injuries.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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