Click It or Ticket begins on May 21
Nine law enforcement agencies in Grays Harbor County will be joining a statewide emphasis patrol to insure that all drivers and passengers are wearing their seat belts May 21st through June 3rd. The extra patrols are part of the National Click It or Ticket Program designed to insure that everyone is traveling safely during the Memorial Day Weekend.
Participating agencies in Grays Harbor County will include: Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department, Montesano, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Ocean Shores, Cosmopolis, Elma, and McCleary Police Department), as well as the Washington State Patrol. Locally, the patrols are being coordinated by Grays Harbor County Target Zero Task Force.
Failure to wear your seat belt properly or to have children properly secured can result in a $124 fine for each violation. The driver of the vehicle is also responsible for everyone under the age of 16 riding in their vehicle. Those over the age of 16 are responsible for themselves.
“Too many drivers and passengers on the road are not wearing their seat belts, and it all too often ends in tragedy. This marks the 10th anniversary of the primary seat belt law in Washington State. We are seeing a significant decrease in fatalities and serious injury however; there is still work to be done.” Chief Dave Pimentel Grays Harbor County Sheriffs Office.
Other participating Target Zero Task Forces in the region will include: Clallam County, Grays Harbor County, Kitsap County, Mason County and Pacific County.
The patrols are part of Target Zero, which is a statewide effort to prevent all traffic deaths in Washington by the year 2030.