Contact: Lieutenant Mike Murray
Kirkland and King County, WA – This year’s annual statewide “Click It or Ticket” campaign will take place between May 18 and May 31, 2015. During these dates, motorists in Washington can expect to see extra seat belt patrols, which will include an emphasis on children who are not properly restrained. The Washington Seatbelt Law (RCW 46.61.688) requires that every person 16 years or older operating or riding in a motor vehicle to wear a seat belt. Additionally, the Washington Child Passenger Restraint Law (RCW 46.61.687) requires children under age 8, unless they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall (whichever comes first), must be in appropriate car or booster seat. Further children 8 years or older or at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall who wear a seat belt must use it correctly; children less than 13 years old are to be transported in the back seat where it is practical to do so. Finally, a child restraint system must be used correctly according to the car seat and vehicle manufacturer’s instructions.
The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is part of the Washington State “Target Zero” initiative, which aims to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The Kirkland Police Department is joining several King County law enforcement agencies, the King County Target Zero Task Force, the Washington State Liquor Control Board and Washington State Patrol.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children in the United States. Between 2010 and 2012, in Washington State, 26 child passengers age 12 and younger died, and another 122 were seriously injured as a result of traffic collisions. The majority of these tragedies likely could have been avoided had these children been properly restrained, as dictated by Washington State law.
For any additional local information please contact Lieutenant Mike Murray, Kirkland Police Department at 425-587-3402 or firstname.lastname@example.org. (05.13.15)