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Click-it or Ticket Patrol Emphasis Start Thursday Night

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YAKIMA, Wash-- DUI's and speeding aren't the only things Washington State Troopers are keeping an eye on this weekend.

Buckling your seat-belt is habit for most people. But, if you don't you could face a hefty fine. Local law-enforcement is kicking of their Click-it or Ticket campaign Thursday night.

Washington State Patrol, city police departments and Yakima County Sheriff's Office are all participating in this year's campaign. Around 70 agencies statewide will be making sure you buckle-up this holiday weekend. 

These emphasis patrols take place after dark because the death rate at night is four times higher than during the day, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Lowering these numbers is a main goal for local law enforcement.

"We're seeing about half the fatalities in Yakima County involving someone not wearing a seat belt," said Sgt. Ed McAvoy, WSP.

If you choose to drive without a seat belt in Washington, the chances of getting caught are pretty good. The National Motorist Association listed Washington as number nine on it's list of states where you're most likely to be fined.

So remember to Click-it or Ticket, the fine is $124.

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