Troopers have Banner Year in ’07

The state patrol’s Bremerton detachment recorded increases in citations, arrests and tickets, while overall collisions here fell by 10 percent, troopers reported recently.

The stats for 2007 encompass “District 8” — which includes the entire Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas.

Not only are they the “best dressed” in the country, troopers here had:

*908 arrests for DUI
*9,398 speeding tickets were issued (a 2.8 percent increase over 2006)
*1,955 seatbelt tickets were issued (a 6.9 percent increase over 2006)
*2,156 aggressive drivers were cited (a 32% increase over 2006)

The good news was collisions in district 8 were down 10 percent, the patrol said. Drug arrests for troopers was also up 10 percent, and troopers recovered 15 stolen vehicles in 2007.

Aside from arrests and citations, troopers assisted 8,927 motorists in 2007.

“This level of success can only be accomplished through the dedication, professionalism, and focused efforts of a large group of individuals working together as a team,” Trooper Krista Hedstrom said.

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