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Police Target People Not Wearing Their Seatbelts

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - If you plan on driving near Columbia Center Mall in Kennewick this weekend, you better buckle up.

Kennewick police will going after drivers not wearing their seatbelts at night.

They did exactly the same thing last weekend at Canal and Columbia Center Boulevard. They said officers ticketed nearly 25 people a night. That number would be higher, but they didn't have enough officers to keep up with violators.

Police said they hope more people buckle up.

"People who don't wear their seatbelts at night are typically risk takers. They're the people who may try to push the yellow light when it's really red, maybe going over the speed limit a little, just all over risky behavior when it comes to driving. And that's not good when it comes to you or I," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.   

The Washington State Patrol will also conduct special seatbelt patrols this weekend.

However, troopers will also target speeders, drunk drivers and aggressive drivers.