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Nighttime Seatbelt Emphasis Results

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Posted: November 6, 2007 6:30 p.m.

TRI-CITIES, Wash.--Monday night's tragic death of a 17-year-old Naches football player is why local and state agencies emphasize wearing seatbelts. C.J. Withers was not wearing a seatbelt.

Over 10 days (October 26th-November 5th), the Washington State Patrol issued 137 seatbelt tickets.

Here's the breakdown from each area. In the tri-cities, troopers issued 64 seatbelt tickets. They also arrested five people who were driving under the influence. (DUI) 

Throughout the Yakima Valley, 43 seatbelt tickets were given to drivers. One person was arrested for DUI and in Walla Walla, troopers say 30 drivers were given citations for not wearing their seatbelts.

But even with the results, state patrol estimates around 250,000 people are still not listening.

"50 percent or higher are not wearing their seatbelt's so still a huge problem that we are running into at nighttime collisions," says Trooper Chris Thorson.

In nine days of emphasis patrols, Kennewick police say they issued 43 seatbelt tickets along with one arrest for DUI