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Posted on: May 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] - Click It or Ticket: Police Target Seat Belt Use, Distracted Driving -

Buckle up or face the consequences as the Issaquah Police Department joins the national Click It or Ticket campaign.

Motorists can expect to see officers patrolling May 28, 2014, for unbuckled drivers and passengers, as well as for drivers using their cellphones behind the wheel. The patrol is the latest step in an ongoing process to improve safety for motorists.

The goal is to increase our state’s 96 percent daytime seat belt use rate, improve nighttime seat belt use and encourage teens to make a habit of wearing seat belts.

In addition to encouraging people to wear their seat belts, officers will address a major contributor to collisions in our community – distracted driving.

Statewide during the same time period last year, officers on extra patrols issued 2,963 seat belt violations and 1,897 cellphone and texting violations.
Click It or Ticket is part of Target Zero, a statewide program to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

Nationwide, more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies will participate in the Click It or Ticket mobilization through June 1.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,174 lives in 2012. Moreover, seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives from 2008-12.

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