Seatbelt and cell phone enforcement weeks begin

Town Crier

Law enforcement officers will be out once again in the coming weeks searching for not only unbuckled drivers but distracted drivers as part of the annual “Click it or Ticket” patrols.

Between May 19 and June 1, motorists in Lewis County can expect to see extra seat belt and distracted driving patrols.

Last year, during this same time period, officers on extra patrols statewide issued 2,963 seat belt violations amongst the 11,666 motorists who were stopped.

Also last year during this time period, 1,897 cell phone and texting violations were written. However, taking a historical look, in 2010, (when the primary law went into effect) only 63 drivers were cited statewide at this time.

In Lewis County, the Centralia, Chehalis, Morton, Toledo and Winlock Police Departments, as well as the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol, will be teaming up and participating in these extra patrols, with the support of the Lewis County DUI Traffic Safety Task Force.

These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website,