Fewer tickets issued in Pierce County during emphasis patrol

Staff writerJune 9, 2014 

Pierce County cops issued less than half the number of citations for seat belt and cell phone violations as they did last year during an emphasis patrol.

This year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement period lasted from May 19 to June.

During that time, law enforcement officers wrote 273 tickets for seat belt infractions and 149 tickets for cell phone infractions. Last year, officers doled out 393 seat belt tickets and 158 cell phone tickets.

The enforcement this year also resulted in four DUI arrests, 89 speeding violations, nine warrant arrests, 101 tickets for driving without insurance and 43 violations of drivers who had suspended or revoked licenses.

Officers from Bonney Lake, Fircrest, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma participated in the extra patrols, as well as the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol. The emphasis patrol is paid for by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.

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