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September 17, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Legislators exempt from noncriminal traffic tickets

Unacceptable

So the Washington State Patrol and the Tacoma Police Department think it is OK for our elected representatives to speed anywhere in the state during their session, plus 15 days prior? [“Around the Northwest: OK for legislators to speed at times,” NW Monday, Sept. 16.]

Wow, talk about above the law! The police say it is fine for legislators to speed because they may miss a vote. How about some logic here: what votes are taken 15 days before the session?

Is it OK for them to text while driving faster than the speed limit, if they are writing to their aides? Does this disgusting fringe benefit only apply if they are headed in the direction of the Capitol?

If a lawmaker is speeding, do the police run a check on the license plate before pulling him over to see if the car is registered to one of the high-and-mighty? If so, does the officer let him carry on or at least stop him and ask him to slow down?

How many of our elected officials have taken advantage of this nonsense?

I would like to thank all the police departments who disagree with the Washington State Patrol and Tacoma Police Department.

Chris Fleck, Edmonds

Comments | More in Politics, Washington Legislature | Topics: legislators, speeding, traffic offenses

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