For The Reporter:
About 95 percent of Washington drivers and passengers use their seat belts, according to a new report from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. That leaves only 5 percent of people who might be subject to seat belt tickets during the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign.
The May 14 through June 3 extra seat belt enforcement campaign runs through Memorial Day, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.
According to the report, King County beats the state with an observed seat belt use rate of 96.2 percent.
More than 150 law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be participating in this 17th annual Click it or Ticket campaign.
In King County, the Algona, Auburn, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Covington, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Maple Valley, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Pacific, Port of Seattle, Redmond, Sammamish, Seatac, Seattle, Shoreline, Snoqualmie, and Tukwila Police Departments and the Washington State Patrol will be placing special emphasis on seat belt and proper child restraint use.