police enforcement

Crime Prevention
5:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Seattle, Tacoma rolling out new ‘predictive policing’ software

Mayor Mike McGinn introduced the new software at a press conference in Seattle on Wednesday.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

Imagine you could predict crime the same way weather forecasters issue storm warnings.  

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.

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aggressive ticketing
9:58 am
Wed June 8, 2011

Troopers and cops crack down on driving while cellphoning

Busted - It's a primary traffic offense to be caught on a cellphone in Washington, and law enforcement officers are cracking down.
Associated Press

Maybe you didn'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.

That means officers can pull you over and write you a $124 ticket, even if you'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.

The Seattle Times has figured out that Seattle Police have issued about six times as many cellphone tickets since the law changed, compared to the previous year, and the Washington State Patrol has issued about five times more tickets. 

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