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Seat belt violators, cell phone talkers and texters cited
Between May 20 and June 2 extra law enforcement patrolled Kitsap County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cell phones or other electronic devices.
During the patrols, 59 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 16 cell phone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets. Last year, in Kitsap County, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols wrote 96 seat belt infractions and 10 cell phone violations.
In addition, one DUI and two felony drug arrests were made. Seventy three speeding violations, two child passenger safety infractions as well as 23 uninsured motorists and nine suspended/revoked license violations were issued this year.
Statewide, during the patrols, law enforcement officers wrote 2,321 seatbelt violations and 1,448 cell phone/ texting tickets. Last year, during this same time period, officers on the extra patrols statewide issued 3,171 seat belt violations and 1,059 cell phone violations were written.
The Kitsap County Target Zero Task Force, law enforcement from Kitsap County, including the Bainbridge, Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo police departments, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol worked the extra patrols, funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.