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Police to take on 'texters' and 'talkers' through June 2
Area law-enforcement agencies will add to their "Click It or Ticket" campaign by targeting drivers who are texting or talking on their cell phones. The enforcement campaign will run between May 20 and June 2.
Agencies involved will include the Washington State Patrol and numerous other area police departments.
Last year, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols statewide issued 3,171 seat belt violations amongst the 11,047 motorists who were stopped.
Similarly, last year during the 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.
The state's campaign to use seat belts has given Washington one of highest seat belt use rates in the country. In June 2002, when the primary seat belt law went into effect, approximately 82 percent of Washington drivers wore seat belts. Today, nearly 97 percent of Washington drivers are buckling up.