Distracted driving emphasis nets 99 infractions

If it seemed like more people were getting pulled over this weekend, they were. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office stopped 146 drivers in its distracted driving emphasis.

Target Zero Manager Susan Bradbury said deputies were focusing on drivers using cell phones and wrote 99 infractions over the three-day emphasis.

“A strong majority of those were cell phone violations,” Bradbury said.

Deputies worked 56 hours of overtime for the emphasis, working in Montesano Thursday, Hoquiam Friday and Aberdeen Saturday. Three drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.

During the emphasis, one deputy would be stationed in an area of concern as a spotter, with uniformed deputies in a marked car waiting about a block away.

“The unmarked officer would call out violators, then the marked unit would make contact with the driver,” Bradbury said. “The benefit of that a lot of times is someone’s a block away from an officer and they see the patrol car there, and they might put their phone down and have that little bit of warning.”


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