WSP patrols away from state highways

The in basket: Ryan Rees of Mile Hill Drive in South Kitsap said a State Patrol trooper appeared to be conducting a speed enforcement on that county road on Oct. 9. The officer stopped at least three cars near the Woods Road intersection, Ryan said. He wondered why they’d be doing that other than on a state highway.


The in basket: Ryan Rees of Mile Hill Drive in South Kitsap said a State Patrol trooper appeared to be conducting a speed enforcement on that county road on Oct. 9. The officer stopped at least three cars near the Woods Road intersection. He wondered why they’d be doing that other than on a state highway.
The out basket: Troopers are authorized to patrol and cite anywhere in the state. Lt. Ken Noland of the Bremerton WSP detachment didn’t have information about a Mile Hill Drive patrol, but said there’s a good reason people might see troopers working a county road or other thoroughfare the state doesn’t own and maintain.
Of the 17 traffic deaths in Kitsap County this year, he said. only two have been on state highways. The others were on Bay Street in Port Orchard, Phillips Road, Silverdale Way, Widme/Totten roads, Old Clifton Road, Clear Creek/Rude roads, Glenwood/Lake Helena roads, Old Military Road, Seabeck Highway, Newberry Hill Road, Olympic
View Road, 11th & Callow in Bremerton, Banner/View Park roads, Eglon Road – and Mile Hill Drive.
So troopers will team with other departments or even work on their own to discourage speeding on other roads, he said.
“Even with safer cars and seat belt laws we are continuing to see fatal collisions as a result of speed, inattention etc.,” he said. “It is not just the drunk driver that causes fatal collisions.” Fewer than half of the 17 involved alcohol, a WSP report shows. “We as drivers need to eliminate the distractions in our vehicles and slow down,” Ken said.
 

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