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Night Time Seatbelt Patrols Hit The Harbor

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

To see a list of all Washington law enforcement agencies participating in this mobilization and multimedia links, click on www.wabuckleup.com.

“Law enforcement officers would rather have motorists buckle up than write a seat belt infraction. The evidence is clear that seat belts save lives. By increasing seat belt use, Washington continues to reduce the costs incurred by those who don’t buckle up,” said Lowell Porter, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Statistical analysis shows that wearing a seat belt decreases the chance of dying or being seriously injured in a collision by about 70 percent, compared to an unbuckled motorist. Medical costs from vehicle collisions amount to more than $276 million each year in this state and vast sums of money have been saved by getting motorists to buckle up.

For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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