“Click it or Ticket” Seatbelt Enforcement Patrols

On May 20, local law enforcement agencies in Clallam and Jefferson Counties will participate in a State-wide traffic patrol emphasis to enforce seatbelt use.

The event will place extra patrols in marked units for high-visibility saturation.

Participating agencies will include the:

◆Washington State Patrol

◆ Clallam County Sheriff’s Office

◆ Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

◆ Port Angeles Police Department

◆ Sequim Police Department

◆ Port Townsend Police Department

Nineteen percent of the 52 traffic fatalities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties during the five-year period of 2013-2017 involved unrestrained vehicle occupants. That’s 10 people that might not have been lost if they were wearing their seat belt.

So please, maximize your safety and the safety of everyone in your car.

You can also find information, tips and how-to videos about infant and child seats at THE CAR SEAT LADY website at thecarseatlady.com.

Everyone wants their friends and family to get home safe when they drive.

Unique trends in local fatal crashes

The Washington Traffic Safety Commission compiles and maintains fatal and serious injury collision data for the State.

Combined data for Clallam and Jefferson Counties for the most recent full 5-year period, 2013 through 2017, was mined for trends in the 51 deadly crashes on the Peninsula that resulted in a total of 52 deaths during those years.

Surprisingly, excessive speed was only represented in 10 percent of the crashes. However, impairment was a factor in half ( of the fatal crashes on the Peninsula.

Summer weather has arrived, and soon school will be out. Recreational traffic is on the rise! While most drivers do not drive impaired, just one person can cause multiple tragedies.

Please plan ahead if you or someone you know is going to drink or use marijuana:

◆ Arrange for a designated driver

◆ Use a taxi or rideshare

◆ Use public transportation like a bus or cab

◆ Stay the night

◆ Leave your car at home

Everyone wants their friends and family to get home safe when they drive. Enjoy this summer safely, and there will be many more!