55% less tickets issued for seatbelts

TRI-CITIES - And staying on the roads, it can mean the difference between life or death in an accident--- and new numbers show more people seem to be wearing their seatbelts.

Action News learned Tri-City drivers are being ticketed 55% *less this year. Overall, troopers have handed out 100 fewer tickets.

Officials tell us a combination of enforcement and vehicle engineering have been the keys to success. Cars are now made with signals for safety belts. And at the same time, W-S-P says they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to not wearing a seatbelt.

"The importance is it's going to save your life. It's been a proven fact that restraint usage - when done so - will save lives. And that's why it's one of the top priorities for our agency for compliance," said Washington State Patrol Sergeant Brian Mihelich.

If you're caught without a seatbelt, the fine is $124.