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"Click it or Ticket" Campaign Now in Full Swing in Our Region

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Washington state officials are keeping an extra eye out for anyone driving without their seat belt or who may be distracted while driving. Washington state officials are keeping an extra eye out for anyone driving without their seat belt or who may be distracted while driving.
NBCRightNow.com - Washington state officials are keeping an extra eye out for anyone driving without their seat belt or who may be distracted while driving.

In Yakima County, during a recent distracted driving campaign in April, 129 cell phone and texting violations were written up to drivers.

Last year almost 3,000 tickets were given to people statewide who were not wearing their seat belts during the "Click it or Ticket" campaign.

Officers say in our region 72% of car crash fatalities are a result of people are not wearing their seat belt, and they hope to bring that number to zero by the year 2030.

"A big part of our campaign is education. Law enforcement, we tend to focus on the enforcement side of things, but if we can get people to buckle up, and we have an unsuccessful event as far as writing tickets go, then that's a good thing, if we can save lives," said Sergeant Chance Belton from the Yakima Police Department.

“Click it or Ticket” patrols will be out until June first. Law enforcement officers say this model of high visibility enforcement is changing driving behaviors.

The cost of a ticket for not wearing a seat belt is $124.00.  It is the same price for a texting and driving ticket. 
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