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Local trooper wins law enforcement award

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  A local Washington State Patrol Trooper has won an award for making sure drivers are buckled up.  Trooper David Brandt was given the "Target Zero" award from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission at a ceremony in Lacey.

Trooper Brandt has given out more than 1,500 to people not wearing their seatbelts over the past three years.  "Being out here on the road and seeing collisions and people losing their lives to not wearing their seat belts if they just would have worn their seat belts, they would have lived through the collision.  Coming to crashes, it's sad to see people losing their lives just because they didn't want to take that extra second to put their seat belt on," Brandt says.

The goal of the Target Zero program is to have no fatal crashes in Washington state by the year 2030.