Slow Down and Buckle Up (Unless you Want to Give Money to the Government)


Two traffic emphasis patrols have been announced this week that will target aggressive and drunken drivers and motorists who’ve failed to buckle up.

First up is another round of the X-52 patrols, courtesy of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Kitsap County Traffic Safety Task Force. Cops will be out in force this Saturday for the annual Viking Fest celebration in Poulsbo.

The local traffic safety task force reports that 10 people have been killed in Kitsap this year on area roadways and more than 400 drunken drivers have been arrested.

May 19-26 is also “buckle up” week, an event the Washington State Patrol will be celebrating by watching closely for motorists who fail to do so. Washington state, to its credit, does have a purported 96 percent rate of seat belt wearers, the highest in the nation.

It’s $124 fine for a seatbelt violation in Washington. I don’t need to tell you that DUI and reckless driving are far more expensive (though no price could be placed on a fatal DUI crash).

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