Fewer Spokane traffic cops means fewer drivers cited

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by Hayley Guenthner & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 30 at 7:08 PM

SPOKANE, Wash --  The number of staff in Spokane County's Traffic Unit used to be 28.  Today, it's down to 12. That means fewer speeders, tailgaters and aggressive drivers are being caught.

The number of driving citations has been cut in half, as well, over the past few years.  Only a little over 20,000 citations are expected for 2012. Drivers said they're confident it's not because people are driving better.

"I still see quite a few (deputies,) but then again I see quite a few people speeding and they're not doing anything," said one driver.

The Sheriff's Office said while catching reckless drivers is very important to them; priority one calls will also take the front seat. The department also said they'd love to beef the unit back up, but there's not much wiggle room in the budget to do that this year.
 

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