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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 6, 2014
Contact:
Jerry Noviello, Thurston County Prosecutors Office, 360-239-3445

Target Zero Completes Click It or Ticket Crackdown
Project Designed to Save Lives and Boost Seat Belt Use

OLYMPIA - After a 14-day police mobilization, the 2014 Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign in Thurston County comes to an end with an announcement byTarget Zero Thurston that 170 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 61 cell phone/texting tickets. In addition, 1 DUI, two felony arrests, 1 stolen car was recovered, 18 speeding violations, 3 child passenger safety infractions as well as 26 uninsured motorist violations were issued this year.

Thurston County's Target Zero Taskforce employed multiple strategies to reduce cell phone use and increase seatbelt use. One strategy was to use a spotter, dressed in plain clothes, stationed at an intersection or round-a-bout. This method proved especially effective at one roundabout in Olympia at Fones Road SE and 18th Ave SE. In a 4 hour period, almost 50 cars were stopped because of cell phone, texting, or seatbelt violations.

"The annual Click it or Ticket mobilization may be over in Thurston County, but that is no excuse to stop using your seat belt or to talk or text on your cell phone while driving," said Target Zero Manager Jerry Noviello. "Our law enforcement officers are out all year long. If you or your passengers are caught not wearing a seat belt at any time, day or night, you will be stopped for the safety violation. Safety belts save lives. Distracted driving kills people. Period. We do these patrols to keep everyone on our streets safe." In Thurston County, officers from Washington State Patrol, Thurston County Sheriff's Office, and the Olympia, Lacey, Yelm, and Chehalis Police Departments participated in these patrols.

These patrols were part of Target Zero's mission to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries in Washington by 2030. For information about how we are reaching this goal, visit www.targetzero.com.



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3