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Buckle Up/Cell Phone Down-Emphasis Results — Dave’s Diary

The results are in from the latest Yakima County emphasis patrol and a lot of us learned the hard way about the proper use of seat belts and the improper use of cellphones!

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

Press hard four copies. During these patrols, 76 seat belt infractions were written, in addition to 30 cellphone/texting tickets. Last year, in Yakima County, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote 35 seat belt infractions and 23 cellphone/texting violations.

In addition, two misdemeanor warrant arrests, six speeding violations, 44 child passenger safety infractions as well as 50 uninsured motorists and one suspended/revoked license violations were issued this year. Amazing what you can catch when you toss out the nets!

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.gov.

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