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Crackdown on texting, seat belt use nabs 157 drivers

State trooper shows you how seat belts save kids’ lives

B.D. Thompson of the Washington State Patrol demonstrates the "Kid-A-Pult," which shows how kids without seat belts can be injured in a car wreck. In Washington, the minimum fine for not securing a child in a car seat is $475.
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B.D. Thompson of the Washington State Patrol demonstrates the "Kid-A-Pult," which shows how kids without seat belts can be injured in a car wreck. In Washington, the minimum fine for not securing a child in a car seat is $475.

Law enforcement in northwest Washington issued more than 150 driving infractions as part of a two-week crackdown on unbuckled driving in late May and early June.

Officers with agencies in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan counties contacted 262 drivers for various driving infractions between Monday, May 23, and Sunday, June 5, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission said. Of those, 157 were issued tickets.

Seat-belt violations accounted for 46 infractions and 59 were for talking on a cellphone or texting while driving, the commission said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration organized the two-week campaign, known as Click It or Ticket.

The state Department of Transportation also has its own similar effort, known as Target Zero, which refers to the department’s goal to see zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries by 2030.

Kyle Mittan: 360-756-2803, @KyleMittan

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