police enforcement http://kplu.org en Seattle, Tacoma rolling out new ‘predictive policing’ software http://kplu.org/post/seattle-tacoma-rolling-out-new-predictive-policing-software <p>Imagine you could predict crime the same way weather forecasters issue storm warnings. &nbsp;</p><p>It’s happening – with new software recently deployed in Seattle and Tacoma. Police precincts in both cities hope it will help them allocate patrols more effectively.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:49:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7875 at http://kplu.org Seattle, Tacoma rolling out new ‘predictive policing’ software Troopers and cops crack down on driving while cellphoning http://kplu.org/post/troopers-and-cops-crack-down-driving-while-cellphoning <p>Maybe you didn&#39;t get the word that the law changed last June: Using your cellphone while driving -- unless you have a hands-free connection -- is a primary offense in Washington.</p><p>That means officers can pull you over and write you a $124 ticket, even if you&#39;re otherwise obeying the traffic laws. It used to be only a secondary offense, meaning police had to see you speeding, or making an illegal turn, for example, before ticketing you.</p><p>The Seattle Times has <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/traffic/2015258261_cellphone08m.html">figured out that Seattle Police have issued about six times as many cellphone tickets since the law changed</a>, compared to the previous year, and the Washington State Patrol has issued about five times more tickets.&nbsp; Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:58:19 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1814 at http://kplu.org Troopers and cops crack down on driving while cellphoning