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Spokane County deputies cite 351 during emphasis patrols

Law enforcement in Spokane County wrote 351 citations this spring for people not wearing seat belts during their annual “click it or ticket” emphasis patrols.

Results from the night time enforcement from May 21 through June 7 were released today by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Along with the seat belt violations, officers made 10 arrests. They involved three for driving while intoxicated, six for outstanding misdemeanor warrants and one for an unspecified felony.

They wrote up 128 drivers for speeding, three for aggressive driving, two for reckless driving, 16 for child passenger safety restraint violations and 71 for no insurance. In addition, they stopped 38 drivers for suspended or revoked licenses.

Statewide, officers wrote 5,413 citations, including 3,362 for seat belt violations. Washington’s program is part of a federally funded effort to increase seat belt compliance nationwide.

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