More than just Unbuckled and Distracted Drivers cited during recent emphasis patrols

Between May 19 and June 1 extra law enforcement patrolled Grays Harbor County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and cell phone using texters and talkers.

During these patrols, 61 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 64 cell phone/texting tickets. Last year, in Grays Harbor County, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote 69 seat belt infractions and 101 cell phone violations.

In addition, three felony warrant arrests, 45 speeding violations, five child passenger safety infractions as well as 41 uninsured motorists and nine suspended/revoked license violations were issued this year.

Last year, during the same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped and 1,897 cell phone and texting violations were written.

In Grays Harbor County, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, Grays Harbor Communications, as well as the Washington State Patrol worked the extra patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force and a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website,