Talk and texting patrol underway

Law enforcement agencies across Kitsap County will be looking for distracted drivers who are texting and talking on their cell phones during special emphasis patrols between May 20 and June 2.

Police will also be searching for drivers and passengers who are not using seat belts.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign resulted in 3,171 seat belt violations last year across the state during the same time period, and 11,047 motorists were stopped by officers on special and routine patrols.

Officials also said 1,059 cell phone violations were written last year during the two-week crackdown.

In Kitsap County, police departments, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will be teaming up for the extra patrols, with the support of the Kitsap County Target Zero Task Force.

The extra patrols are part of Target Zero, an effort to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.

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