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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- It was night one for Kennewick Police's seatbelt emphasis on Thursday night. And checking for seatbelts, especially at night, is a group activity.

Thursday night, the Department had one observer, a motorcycle officer, and two patrol cars, all at 27th and Quillan.

Thursday night's observer, plain-clothes Officer Brian Banner, stood at the corner of the intersection. If he spotted someone without a seatbelt, he radioed it in, and what is called a "chase car" came speeding out of a nearby parking lot to pull over the driver.

The driver was then handed a $124 ticket and officers say, there are reasons they stake out intersections like 27th and Quillan.

Officer Mike Gaines says, "We pick lighted areas, places that are safe for us to work, and places with high traffic volume."

Thursday night, Kennewick officers say they stopped four cars in the first hour and a half. They say that is about average for a nighttime seatbelt patrol.

But Officer Gaines says, he does believe the patrols are helping. He says his group has been stopping less people that are not wearing their seatbelts. Which he says, makes nighttime seatbelt patrols well worth it.

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