Between May 19 and June 1 extra law enforcement patrolled Pacific County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and cell phone using texters and talkers.
During these patrols, seatbelt violators were difficult to find, hopefully indicating solid compliance. Last year though, in Pacific County, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote six seat belt infractions.
In addition, 66 speeding violations, two aggressive driving citations, one misdemeanor arrest, as well as two uninsured motorists and two suspended/revoked license violations were issued this year.
Last year, during the same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped and 1,897 cell phone and texting violations were written.
In Pacific County, the Raymond and South Bend Police Departments as well as the Pacific County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Patrol worked the extra patrols, with the support of the Pacific County Target Zero Task Force and a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.go