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Click It or Ticket begins this month

May 13, 2013

Unbuckled and distracted drivers will be the target when “Click it or Ticket” patrols begin Grays Harbor County this month.

Between May 20 and June 2, drivers can expect to see law enforcement in search of unbuckled drivers and passengers and drivers using their cell phones.

In June 2002, when the primary seat belt law went into effect, approximately 82 percent of Washington drivers wore seat belts and today, nearly 97 percent of Washington drivers are buckling up. Now, their focus has added distracted drivers who are texting or talking on their cell phones as a priority

Last year, during this time period, officers statewide issued 3,171 seat belt violations amongst the 11,047 motorists who were stopped.

Similarly, last year during this time period, 1,059 cell phone violations were written. In 2010, the same year cell phone use became a primary law in Washington, only 63 drivers were cited statewide.

In Grays Harbor County, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will be teaming up and participating in these extra patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

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