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Nighttime Seatbelt Patrols Starting Up Again

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Increasing death rates at night have law enforcement moving their emphasis on seat-belts to nighttime.

New statistics show that people on our roads at night are dying at a rate four times the daytime rate, and much of it is because people still aren't using these.

Because of that, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission is starting another round of nighttime seatbelt patrols.

The State Patrol and Kennewick Police are two of the agencies involved.

A similar campaign in May netted almost 5,000 tickets, almost 300 in Benton and Franklin Counties alone.

"A smaller amount of people actually travelling the roads at nighttime, but a disproportionate amount of people being killed at nighttime, because they're not wearing their seat-belts or because they're under the influence of something," said Sgt. Roger Wilbur. 

Agencies are putting more officers on the road at night during the next couple weeks.

A reminder, the ticket for not wearing your seat-belt recently went up to $124.