Police cite almost 300 motorists for failing to buckle up

June 12, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 12, 2011

Police issued 288 tickets for seatbelt tickets during a recent effort to encourage motorists to buckle up.

From May 23 to June 5, the Issaquah Police Department and other law enforcement agencies patrolled local roads at night, looking for unbuckled motorists.

Overall, police issued more than 600 citations for seatbelts violations and other infractions. The citations included 192 cellphone and texting violations, 40 speeding tickets and two aggressive driving infractions. Officers made six misdemeanor warrant arrests, and issued 85 uninsured motorist and 24 suspended or revoked license violations.

Statewide, law enforcement officers and the Washington State Patrol wrote 6,681 tickets, including 2,994 seatbelt violations, during the patrols.

In King County, the Target Zero Task Force and local law enforcement agencies worked the extra patrols. Funding for the patrols came from a Washington State Traffic Commission grant.

“Buckling up is the simplest and most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in the car.” Kent Police Sgt. Robert Constant, South King County law enforcement liaison, said in a news release.

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2 Responses to “Police cite almost 300 motorists for failing to buckle up”

  1. Dan Sutton on June 12th, 2011 1:55 pm

    Statewide = From May 23 to June 5, 2011 = 2,994 seatbelt violations!! X $104 = $311,376.00 in just seat belts…
    another 3,687 other tickets lets say…. avg. $200.00 = $368,700.00….
    $311,376.00 + $368,700.00= over $680,000.000 in fines issues within 2 weeks in the State of Washington! Whom said there is no profit from fining and incarcerating….. LOL

  2. exoticdoc2 on June 13th, 2011 7:37 pm

    What a piddly ticket. Another money grab by the state.

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