'Click it or Ticket' campaign underway in Washington

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Motor vehicle occupants who buckle up increase their chances of surviving a crash by as much as 75 percent. Our law enforcement personnel see the consequences of not buckling up. On that same day, between 4 and 8 PM, law enforcement officers in Arkansas will join forces with Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Oklahoma authorities to provide "Border to Border" coverage in seat belt enforcement patrols. "Simply buckling up can save your life and the life of your passenger". That is why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign will be nighttime enforcement.

State police say a $10.00 citation will be issued to drivers who are caught unbuckled, and a $75.00 fine will be given to drivers with an unrestrained child. "We don't want to have to write you a ticket, so please buckle-up, every trip, every time". It also requires all children less than 15 years of age to be properly secured in the vehicle.

The objective is to save lives and stress the importance of buckling up in a motor vehicle.

Nationwide almost half of all crash fatalities during 2016 involved drivers or passengers who were unrestrained.

According to a Washington Traffic Safety Commission report, Spokane and Whitman counties lag behind the state with observed seat belt use rates of 93.7 percent and 91.4 percent respectively, Stevens County beats the statewide average slightly with an observed rate of 95.5 percent.

With summer rapidly approaching and area schools releasing students for summer vacation, the RPD are frequent participants in a seat belt "Click it or Ticket" campaigns.