Click it or Ticket campaign starts today, focuses on children

May 18, 2015

The state’s annual Click It or Ticket campaign is May 18-31.

Motorists in Washington can expect to see extra seat belt patrols, which will include an emphasis on children who are not properly restrained.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children in the United States. Between 2010 and 2012 in Washington state, 26 passengers 12 and younger died, and another 122 were seriously injured as a result of traffic crashes.

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‘U Drive. U Text. U Pay.’ campaign begins April 1

March 31, 2015

For the second year in a row, more than 100 law enforcement agencies in Washington state will crack down on distracted drivers as part of the national distracted driving enforcement campaign.

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End-of-summer DUI patrols added throughout King County

August 22, 2014

NEW — Noon Aug. 22, 2014

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road through Sept. 1 for the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The annual effort aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

“Specifically, we want people to know that marijuana doubles the risk of a fatal crash,” Darrin Grondel, Washington Traffic Safety Commission director, said in a news release. “With new retail marijuana stores in the mix, we want to remind the public that prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as illegal and recreational drugs, can impair driving ability.”

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Click it or Ticket law enforcement campaign results announced

July 1, 2014

Between May 19 and June 1, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and cellphone texters and talkers.

During the patrols, 388 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 426 cellphone/texting tickets. Last year in King County during the same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote 387 seat belt infractions and 322 cellphone violations.

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‘Drive High, Get a DUI’ campaign reminds public that driving while high is illegal

June 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. June 22, 2014

With marijuana retail stores slated to open in early July, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission is launching the “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign to remind those planning on patronizing the new businesses that driving high is illegal.

The new messaging coincides with summertime DUI emphasis patrols kicking off July 1 and will feature three 30-second television commercials. The Colorado Department of Transportation produced and aired the commercials in Colorado earlier this year as part of their efforts to combat people driving while high.

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Patrols added to drive sober campaign

August 13, 2013

King County law enforcement is putting extra officers on the road between Aug. 16 and Sept. 2 for the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

The national campaign, put on by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, aims to keep roads safe during the last few weeks of summer from people driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Despite the fact that voters in the state of Washington voted to legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.

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