X-52 Patrols Coming This Week

Though strange — and frustrating — as it may seem, that Poulsbo cop that nabs you in Port Orchard for speeding will just be doing his job.

Thanks to a half-million dollar pool of money from the feds, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission is going to have extra patrols in targeted areas somewhere in the state each week (hence the “X-52”).

The week of Feb. 18 is Kitsap’s turn to get about $17,000 in overtime pay for local officers to go out and conduct the extra patrols.

They’ll be looking specifically for drunks and speeders. Extra DUI patrols aren’t surprising, but they’ll focus on speed, too, as half of the 22 fatal accidents in Kitsap last year were ruled to have speed as a factor in the crashes.

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