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Extra law enforcement patrols nab distracted drivers
Between May 19 and June 1, extra law enforcement patrolled Kitsap County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and cell phone users—both texters and talkers.
During these patrols, 81 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 41 cell phone/texting tickets. Last year during this same time period in Kitsap County, officers on extra patrols wrote 59 seat belt infractions and 16 cell phone violations.
In addition, one DUI, 45 speeding violations, one felony and five misdemeanor warrant arrests were made as well as the apprehension of two fugitives. Additionally, 15 uninsured motorists and 12 suspended/revoked license violations were issued this year.
Last year, during the same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped and 1,897 cell phone and texting violations were written.
In Kitsap County, the Bainbridge Island, Bremerton, Kitsap Naval Base, Port Orchard, and Poulsbo Police Departments as well as the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol worked the extra patrols, with the support of the Kitsap County Traffic Safety Task Force and a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
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.