In a media release yesterday, the Washington State Patrol announced that they will be targeting state routes and interstate highways in the Tri-Cities area — Richmond, Pasco and Kennewick — looking for drivers not wearing their seat belts.
The WSP dubs their initiative “Nighttime Seat Belt Enforcement” (NTSBE). The Patrol will be looking for drivers not wearing seat belts in areas where there has been a higher incidence of automobile accidents and where drivers have a low seat belt compliance. The NTSBE program will be concentrated between the nighttime hours of 7pm – 6 am. The death rate due to car accidents is four times higher at night than in day time night as people comply with seat belt laws less.
There have already been 12 fatalities in auto accidents in the Tri-Cities area in 2008. In seven of the twelve fatalities — 58% — the driver was not wearing a seat belt. 67% of the 12 deaths involved a driver who was impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Washington State Patrol Captain Shawn Berry said, “The majority of fatality collisions in this region involve drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and occupants who are not wearing seat belts. We are urging motorists to remember to wear their seat belts and to not drink and drive during this upcoming holiday season.”
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