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.


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.
The out basket: Brian George, the trooper who handles such inquiries for the Bremerton WSP office, had this to say:
“Troopers focus a majority their efforts patrolling the state highways, (but) from time to time they do conduct school zone patrols.  I know for myself when I give safety talks in different schools I’m asked to help patrol speed around the schools, so I would attempt to work a school zone when time allows. 
“Troopers often handle collision investigations or conduct follow up investigations off of the highways and while driving to and from may stop vehicles.  Troopers also may stop vehicles to and from their residence.”
Headquarters want them to focus on state highways, he said, but they have permission to do such things off the state routes.

2 thoughts on “State Troopers Can Work in School Zones

  1. I am currently in Law Enforcement assigned to the Kitsap County area.
    I recently came across your June 21 article entitled “State Troopers
    can work School Zones”.
    Just wanted to let you know that Troopers have total jurisdiction
    powers, in other words if a Trooper wanted to go to Spokane tomorrow
    and work a stop sign downtown, he could. As long as its in the State of
    Washington, I’m pretty sure Perry Ave is in Washington. And as far as
    having “permission to do such things off state routes” if a Trooper
    sees a Traffic violation (anywhere) a traffic stop can be made, they
    don’t need to contact “headquarters” to do their job.

  2. I have no doubt troopers have that authority. The question is how freely to their supervisors let them exercise it. I imagine a trooper who defies his sergeant’s orders or policies on the basis the law allows it won’t have a long happy career. And there is a major distinction between citing an infraction where the trooper sees one and actively patrolling for them off state routes.

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