WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla County law enforcement agencies will join agencies nationwide in increased seat-belt patrols, starting Monday. The Click-it-or-Ticket patrols will target drivers who are not wearing seat belts, or who are driving while distracted.
According the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, last year officers stopped 11,666 drivers and cited 2.963 for not wearing their seat belts.
“(The) model of high visibility enforcement has proven to change behaviors and is now being applied to distracted driving,” said media consultant Amanda Bedell in a news release.
In addition to the seat belt citations issued in 2013, another 1,897 motorists were issued citations for using their cellphones while driving. The WTSC did not include how much revenue was generated from tickets during that period.
Bedell added that during a five-day distracted driving campaign in mid-April, local officers issued eight citations for texting or using cellphones while driving.
The Click-it-or-Ticket campaign will begin Monday and continue through June 1.