Nighttime patrols stepped up

Published on Thu, May 21, 2009
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By Tara Nelson

Several Whatcom County law enforcement agencies will be participating in the nighttime seat belt patrols Thursday, May 21 through June 7.

Law enforcement officers from the Ferndale, Lynden, Western Washington University police departments, Whatcom County sheriff’s office and the Washington State Patrol will be participating in the collaborative effort with the assistance of the Whatcom County traffic safety task force.

Statewide, approximately 70 law enforcement agencies are participating in the Nighttime Seat Belt patrols between May 21 and June 7.

Research shows that approximately 80 percent of Washington traffic occurs during the day, and only 12 to 20 percent occurs at night.

Even with this difference in traffic volume, the number of people killed at night in traffic collisions is about the same as the number of people killed during the day. This means that the death rate at night is four times higher than during the day.

For more information about the Washington Traffic Safety Commission visit