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Nighttime Seatbelt Enforcement starts Monday

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Starting Monday night, police will be out in full force looking for drivers who aren't buckled up.  It's the beginning of the Nighttime Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign.

Law enforcement agencies across Washington State have teamed up to catch drivers who aren't wearing their seatbelts.  The Washington Traffic Safety Commission says buckling up gives you a 70% better chance of surviving a serious crash.  While the seatbelt use rate in Washington is one of the highest in the country, over 97%, that's still not 100%.

Police say they focus on night because they say often find more than someone who isn't buckled up.  Sgt. Ken Lattin explains, "Sometimes they don't have insurance.  Sometimes they don't have their driver's license or their license is suspended.  They maybe have warrants out for their arrest. They could be impaired."

The ticket for not wearing your seat belt is $124.  This enforcement campaign runs through June 5th.

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