Seatbelt Patrols on throughout Snohomish County from May 23 to June 5
Saving money can be simple! It’s as easy as wearing a seatbelt. You not only save money by avoiding a $124 ticket, but it is the best defense in helping save your life and the lives of passengers in the event of a crash.
In Washington State between 2005 and 2009, 2,866 people died in vehicle collisions and another 13,749 were seriously injured. The good news is that traffic deaths among motor vehicle occupants have fallen 32 percent and serious injuries are down 27 percent on Washington roadways since 2002. In spite of these dramatic strides, we can’t afford to waiver on seat belt enforcement now.
That’s why between May 23 and June 5, motorists can expect to see law enforcement patrolling city and county roadways in search of unbuckled or improperly buckled drivers and passengers.
The Arlington, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Lynnwood, and Marysville Police Departments, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in these extra patrols, with the support of the Snohomish County DUI & Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force.
To see a list of all Washington law enforcement agencies participating in this mobilization and multimedia links, click on www.wabuckleup.com.
“Law enforcement officers would rather have motorists buckle up than write a seat belt infraction. The evidence is clear that seat belts save lives. By increasing seat belt use, Washington continues to reduce the costs incurred by those who don’t buckle up,” said Lowell Porter, Director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
Statistical analysis shows that wearing a seat belt decreases the chance of dying or being seriously injured in a collision by about 70 percent, compared to an unbuckled motorist. Medical costs from vehicle collisions amount to more than $276 million each year in this state and vast sums of money have been saved by getting motorists to buckle up.For additional information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, visit www.wtsc.wa.gov.