Results From Recent Nighttime Seat Belt Enforcement Patrols

Grays Harbor County, WA Between May 23 and June 5 extra law enforcement patrolled Grays Harbor County roads at night looking for unbuckled drivers.

During the patrols in Grays Harbor County, a total of 151 citations were written including 39 seatbelt tickets, one DUI, 27 speeding violations, in addition to twelve cell phone/text violations.  As well, two misdemeanor warrant arrests, seven child protection safety infractions and 11 suspended/revoked license violations were issued.

Statewide, during the patrols, law enforcement officers and the WSP wrote 6,681 tickets total, including 2,994 seatbelt violations.

Studies show that a person wearing a seatbelt has a 70 percent better chance of surviving a crash than a person who is not buckled.

The Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force, law enforcement from Grays Harbor County and more than 110 other police and sheriff agencies worked the extra patrols, funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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