Sorry parents, not that kind of restraint, this year’s annual statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign is under way through May 31st. During these dates, motorists in Washington can expect to see extra seat belt patrols, which will include an emphasis on children who are not properly restrained.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children in the United States. Between 2010 and 2012, in Washington State, 26 child passengers age 12 and younger died, and another 122 were seriously injured as a result of traffic crashes. The majority of these tragedies likely could have been avoided had these children been properly restrained, as dictated by Washington State law.

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