Police ticket more than 300 drivers for texting, talking

June 18, 2013

By Staff

Between May 20 and June 2, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cellphones or other electronic devices.

During the patrols, 387 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 322 cellphone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets, according to a news release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Last year, during the same time period in King County, officers on extra patrols wrote 296 seat belt infractions and 197 cellphone violations.
In addition, five DUIs, and one felony drug and 11 misdemeanor warrant arrests were made. Fifty speeding violations and 16 child passenger safety infractions, as well as 118 uninsured motorists and 44 suspended/revoked license violations were issued this year.

Statewide, during the patrols, law enforcement officers wrote 2,321 seatbelt violations and 1,448 cellphone/ texting tickets. Last year, during the same time period, officers on the extra patrols statewide issued 3,171 seat belt violations and 1,059 cellphone violations were written.

The King County Target Zero Task Force, law enforcement from King County, with more than 130 police and sheriff agencies statewide, worked the extra patrols, funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Those and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero — striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

Learn more at www.targetzero.com. Additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found at www.wtsc.wa.gov.

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