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Seatbelt patrol nabs 600 violators

Between May 21 and June 7, extra law enforcement patrols canvassed King County roadways at nighttime looking for unbuckled motorists, and they found that and much more.

Of more than 1,000 citations issued during patrols in King County, 687 were seatbelt violations, in addition to five felony and 18 misdemeanor warrant arrests, 110 other criminal arrests or citations, 14 DUIs, 17 aggressive driving, 50 speeding citations, 17 cell phone violations and 125 uninsured, and 49 motorists with suspended or revoked licenses were stopped and cited.

The message to buckle up is ongoing — patrols will continue through the summer. Motorists need to “Click it” or they will get a ticket. Studies show that a person wearing a seatbelt has a 70 percent better chance of surviving a crash than an unbelted person.

Law enforcement from King County and about 70 other police and sheriff agencies, as well as the State Patrol, worked the extra patrols, funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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

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