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Extended nighttime seatbelt patrols start Monday

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RICHLAND, Wash;--You better make sure to buckle up next week. Starting on Monday, police in both Benton and Franklin Counties will be conducting extra night-time seat belt patrols.

The "Click-It-Or-Ticket" program switched to evening hours three years ago because the traffic death rate is four times higher than during the day.

Also, police say drivers think the darkness will hide the fact they're not wearing a belt.

"Drivers who choose not to buckle up at night are more of the risk takers, distracted drivers, drivers who choose to drive DUI, or suspended or without insurance," says Traffic Officer Mike Gaines. "And so these drivers also seem to be the ones who tend not to buckle up."

The extended nighttime patrols will last through June 6th.