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$124 for Buckling Up the Wrong Way

YAKIMA, Wash - A new round of the seatbelt nightime emphasis patrols are starting back up. But just simply buckling up may not save you from a $124 ticket.

Most people have a habit, right when they get into their car they buckle in.  However, maybe the strap is rubbing on their neck so they put it behind their arm. They could also just not like the strap in front of them at all, so they put it behind their back.  Both could be costly because the seatbelt isn't being worn right.

It will be up to the officer that pulls the person over if they want to give a ticket or not.

"If we can just remind them to wear it properly, maybe they weren't aware of it that they could be cited for that, then if that's all it takes that's what we will do," said Trooper Darin Fehlhafer during the Monday night seatbelt emphasis patrol.

Monday night kicked off the seatbelt emphasis.  Four troopers from the Washington State Patrol were watching different intersections in Yakima from 7 p.m. to midnight.  They pulled 30 people over and gave 11 seatbelt tickets.  They even found one driver to be in possesion of marijuana.

To save your life and avoid a $124 ticket make sure to have all of the seatbelt in front of you.  The same goes for seats that only have lap belts.

The seatbelt emphasis will be happening till November 5th. 

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