Safe driving enforcement campaign starts Monday in Pierce County

Staff writerMay 16, 2014 

Extra law enforcement officers will soon hit Pierce County streets in search of distracted and unbuckled drivers.

The “Click it or Ticket” patrols will last from Monday to June 1.

The last distracted driving enforcement campaign in Pierce County from April 10-15 resulted in 401 cell phone violations, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

Officials said there has been a significant rise in the number of tickets issued after a new law regarding hands free cell phones went into effect in June 2010.

Prior to that, the commission said only 700 tickets for cell phone use were issued each month statewide. After the law went into effect, the number of monthly citations jumped to about 4,000.

Participating in this month’s enforcement campaign are officers from Bonney Lake, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma, as well as the Washington State Oatrol and Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

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