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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 Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website,

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