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Local police watching for seatbelts in current push

 


Police will be on the lookout for people not wearing their seatbelt so they can ticket them as part of an effort to increase safety on the roads.

Colville Tribal Traffic Safety is taking part in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Click It or Ticket” high-visibility enforcement effort that runs from May 20 to June 2.

“Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep families safe, the national seat belt campaign runs concurrent with the busy travel season,” a May 21 press release from the tribes states.

“During the ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign, local and state law enforcement officers will be increasing patrols,” said Nicole Ahlem, Colville Tribes’ traffic safety coordinator. “We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt. It’s the law, but it’s more than that: By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash. We see the results of not wearing a seat belt all the time. We see the loss of life. So often, it could have been prevented with the simple click of a seat belt.”

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