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What Have You Always Wanted to Know About the Washington State Patrol?

When it comes to our highways and interstates, sometimes the rules of the road can be hard to understand. Patch wants to know, what have you always wanted to ask a Washington State Patrol officer?

It’s not every day you run into a Washington State Patrol officer and, when you do… it may not be under the best circumstances.

Patch has a meeting with WSP public information officer Guy Gill next week and he’s agreed to answer your questions about his department.

How much over the speed limit do you have to go before a trooper will pull you over on the highway?

Is it true they camp out at certain points on I-5 just to be “speed traps?”

Why do THEY get to speed?

These are just a few of my questions. I know you have more!

Leave questions in the comment section below and stay tuned for answers in an upcoming Patch article.

Jeanne Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Ron, if you have specific concerns about users abusing the platform, please email your Local Editor with the screen names you have concerns about. Greg Johnston is one of your Local Washington Editors, and certainly not commenting under an assumed name.
Jeanne Gustafson October 26, 2012 at 02:26 AM
And Kirkland Tony, I'm sorry, I didn't notice your comment before, but I think it's a good one. Thanks for adding it.
sreed November 05, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I agree with Kirkland Tony, the KPD is purely revenue, they are not issuing 30.00 tickets, the average ticket is 195.00 on up, I was pulled over on Oct 20, 11:00pm on Juanita drive in front of spuds, I actually pulled over to let him go around me because he must have been going after someone else, I knew I was going the speed limit, he said I was going 42 in a 25 totally false! He must have been dyslexic.I am contesting this ticket because I know I am right...yeah I know good luck..right? check the kirkland courier under traffic violations and see how many peaple they pull over in a 6 day stretch...the KPD is making alot of money!!
Ron Olson November 05, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Not sure if KPD is making a lot of money or not. Look at the list of people currently in jail in Kirkland. There are a lot of people incarcerated for driving without a license, with a suspended license, or as an "Habitual offender" related to driving offenses. Those people typically do not pay their fines but continue to drive and drive and drive. Kirkland has to support them in jail. Many of those offenders did nothing else illegal, but Kirkland cops run license plates and pull people over if there is a suspended driver associated with a vehicle. Don't ever drive a vehicle in Kirkland if the previous owner had a suspended license, or you may get pulled over 5 or 6 times for nothing. If you visit a 7-11 in Kirkland, keep an eye out for cops running plates in the parking lot...makes you wonder if the police are violating our rights of privacy or the right to to move about freely.
Bryan January 20, 2013 at 06:04 AM
Kirkland Tony has obviously had some bad experiences with the Police. While I can't say that I agree with him on all points I do understand where he is coming from. I believe that any casual observer, if they are being honest, would have to admit that the way we run traffic enforcement leaves an incredible opportunity for abuse. Think about for a minute. The officer who writes the ticket works for and is paid a salary from the legal entity that profits financially for any ticket the officer writes. And should you decide to go to court, the Judge generally works for this same legal entity as well. This is ridiculous. In that manner it's all corrupt. And just to prove it. There has been talk in the past about removing the financial incentive from ticket writing as it is perceived as a conflict of interest. The cities fight it with everything they have. Follow the money they always say. So yes, absolutely the revenue matters.

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