Extra law enforcement patrolling Spokane, Whitman, Pend Oreille and Ferry County roads between May 19-June 1 wrote 286 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 70 cell phone/texting tickets.
Last year officers "Click-it-or-Ticket" patrols wrote 297 seat belt infractions and 101 cell phone/texting violations.
In addition, five DUIs, one felony and three misdemeanor warrant arrests, 100 speeding violations, 15 child passenger safety infractions as well as 77 uninsured motorists and 43 suspended/revoked license violations were issued this year.
Last year, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped and 1,897 cell phone and texting violations.
Local law enforcement agencies and the Washington State Patrol worked the extra patrols, with the support of the Spokane County Target Zero Task Force and a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
These and all extra patrols are part of â€śTarget Zero,â€ť striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030.