Thurston County patrols to focus on seat belt use May 18-31

Extra seat belt patrols, with an emphasis on children who are not properly restrained, are planned for May 18-31.

In Thurston County, the Lacey, Olympia, Tenino, Yelm and Chehalis Tribal police departments; the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and the Washington State Patrol will participate in the campaign, with the support of the Thurston County Target Zero Task Force, according to a news release.

Violators could be fined $124. While a seat belt offense may be reported on your driving record, it is not available to insurance companies.

All extra patrols are part of Target Zero, which strives to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found at wtsc.wa.gov.