PACIFIC COUNTY — Raymond and South Bend Police Departments and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in extra seatbelt patrols with the support of the Pacific County Traffic Safety Task Force from May 23 to June 5.

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.

Citations for not wearing a seatbelt cost $124.

“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.

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