New DUI Laws Proposed but Stalemated – For Now

DUI law and enforcement is always a ‘hot topic’ during Washington State legislative sessions, and this year was no exception. As usual, there were a few bills presented to toughen our state DUI laws. For example, one such bill proposed: (1) lengthening the amount of time convicted DUI drivers should be required to use ignition… Continue Reading »

Move Over it is the Law

This past weekend … like many weekends to come … there was a statewide ‘slow down, move over’ emphasis patrol being conducted by law enforcement. The emphasis patrol was aimed at highlighting Washington’s “Move Over Law,” which requires drivers to slow down and move over if they see an Emergency or Work Zone on the… Continue Reading »

To Chalk or Not

Is the practice of chalking tires to monitor parking legal? That debate is now at hand due to some crafty arguments raised by two Michigan lawyers.  On Monday a three federal judge panel unanimously ruled that the police practice of chalking tires was unconstitutional because it violates the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and… Continue Reading »

420 DUI Arrests

This past weekend law enforcement agencies in Snohomish County conducted widespread emphasis patrols. Representatives from Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Lynnwood Police Department, Mountlake Terrace Police Department, Lake Stevens Police Department, Edmonds Police Department, Everett Police Department, and the Washington State Patrol conducted high visibility patrols throughout Snohomish County. The 420 marijuana and alcohol emphasis patrols… Continue Reading »

One Bad Plan

What is a bad idea? What is something that can only make things worse? Well, dragging a police officer down the street after you find out that he is arresting you certainly fits that bill. Undoubtedly one Washington driver is going to eventually find that out soon enough. Police in Burlington are looking for the… Continue Reading »

New Speed Limit Posted on a Section of I-5

South end commuters be forewarned, as of today the speed limit essentially between the Tacoma Mall and the Tacoma Dome has temporarily been cut to 50 mph. The new speed limit will extend a total of 6 miles southbound and 5 miles northbound and goes from the I-5, Highway 16 junction to just across the… Continue Reading »

Rash of Thefts Lead to Crackdown

Over the past two months detectives with the Seattle Police Department’s Major Crimes Task Force along with officers of the North and South Anti-Crime Teams arrested at least 33 suspects in a series of operations targeting property crime (i.e. Theft) in around Aurora Avenue North and the SODO district. On the north end of Seattle,… Continue Reading »

DUI’s – All Shapes and Sizes

DUI’s don’t just happen when someone is pulled over by a police officer. Case in point – on March 21, 2019, a suspected drunken driver crashed into a pulled-over patrol car in Bremerton, Washington; apparently first responders had to dive for safety during the event, but luckily there were no serious injuries. The incident happened… Continue Reading »

St. Patty Day DUI Results

The St. Patrick’s Day weekend is over. But perhaps not for some. According to the latest numbers, there were 94 DUI arrests in-and-around Pierce, Thurston and King Counties. Snohomish County and Whatcom County are still tallying up their total DUI arrests. In Pierce County 31 arrests, according to the State Patrol, were the result of… Continue Reading »

What will be the Impact of SPD hiring Bonuses

Recently, the Seattle City Council resoundingly passed legislation for SPD hiring bonuses. The intent of the new legislation is to entice: (1) officers from other police departments, and (2) new police recruits to apply for and become Seattle police officers. Trained officers will be given a $15,000 bonus, and new recruits will be given a… Continue Reading »


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