Monthly Archives: June 2006

State Troopers Can Work in School Zones

The in basket: At coffee one recent morning with the Original Coffee Group in downtown Bremerton, i was remarked that state troopers have been seen patrolling Perry Avenue at Mountain View Middle School, writing school zone tickets.
It brought to mind something I looked into years ago, before there even was a Road Warrior column, about a trooper who stoppe a young woman in from of South Kitsap High School for exceeding 20 mph “while children are present.” I wondered why troopers wander so far off the state highways to do school zone enforcement.

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No License Plates? Unmarked Vehicle Still a WSP Car

The in basket: Darrell Hogue on Tuesday e-mailed to say “I saw a white State Patrol car this evening coming from Banger, then exiting at the Mall exit, head over the hill to east Bremerton. This car had NO PLATES on the front or back. I thought all cars had to have a license but the State Patrol cars would have exempt listed on their plates. Is this something new?
On Thursday, it was spotted again. Charles Jacobsen e-mailed that at 6:20 p.m. that day “I saw what looked like a white, unmarked Ford police car parked on the side of the road. eastbound in the S curve on Luoto Road before it’s intersection with Viking Way. It had emergency equipment in the rear window (police lightbar), but no license plates on either the front or rear. The area on both bumpers where the plates should have been was blank, mat black. No visible plates raises several legal questions should this vehicle attempt to make a traffic stop.”

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Mini-Mart Exit is Bad Luck for Driver

The in basket: Lea Curtis wonders about the traffic controls around the AM-PM Mini-Mart where Highway 308 intersects Viking Way west of Keyport.
She was hit by an uninsured driver who was coming in the exit at the northeast corner of the store last December. Twelve days later, the same thing almost happened again. A driver came in the exit and nearly hit Lea as she tried to leave.
“If I wasn’t being cautious because of my prior incident, we most definitely would have collided and it would have been worse because of her speed,” Lea said. “I was so surprised that someone else would do such a dumb thing, especially when there is a vehicle coming through!”

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Local Highways Don’t Get Special Attention, Trooper Says

The in basket: Don Bolles of Bremerton asks, “Why does the State Patrol set up speed traps along Highway 3 near Port Orchard and before Gig Harbor?  When I drive, I drive with my cruise control set at 65 so have never had a problem.  BUT when I’ve driven on I-5 for several trips to the city, if I don’t drive near 70 I’m blown by by many vehicles.  I haven’t seen a State Patrol car on I-5 in eight or ten trips on the highway between Tacoma and Seattle.  Are they using Highway 3 for training or to get the easy prey (young military guys, etc.)

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Speaking of Fleas and Other Favorite Acronyms

The in basket: A couple of recent Road Warrior topics produced some entertaining responses.
The discussion of the Navy’s penchant for weird acronyms, and the state’s going along with “Subase Bangor” on some Highway 303 road signs, inspired George Karl (presumably not the pro basketball coach) to write “Your story sort of makes me smile. Back when I was in the Navy I had a school I attended in San Diego.  My friends that sent me letters, etc. always complained about the address:
FLEASWTRACENPAC

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Narrows Bridge Observers Seeking More Information

The in basket: Larry Benson of Port Orchard writes, “Watching the construction of the Narrows bridge has been fascinating, to say the least, but the casual observer, unfortunately, sees only a small amount of the designing, engineering, building, etc. I hope that the state has commissioned someone to put together a documentary of some sort that will be available when construction is complete.”
Cathy Vandersluis had a bridge question, too. “Do you know who to contact for employment with the Tacoma Narrows bridge toll booths?” she asked.

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