KENNEWICK, Wash. --The numbers are in for Washington's first Nighttime Click-It-or-Ticket campaign. And the results show people who aren't wearing seatbelts are likely to be committing other crimes.
Across the Tri-cities, police pulled over people for seatbelts and found drugs, drunk drivers, and people with suspended licenses. Across the state, troopers gave out 427 seatbelt citations but also used the seatbelt law to find 22 drunk drivers.
The program ran from late May and into early June and was designed to combat a nighttime death rate that is four times what it is during the day.
The Traffic Safety Commission is planning more nighttime Click-It-or-Ticket events, with another statewide event planned for October. Safety Commission officials believe the seatbelt program was successful because they say they were citing repeat traffic violators and drivers that tend to cause serious accidents.