SPD speeder roundup, almost-all-West-Seattle edition

A long list of Seattle Police Aggressive Drivers Response Team activities – almost all in West Seattle – is on SPD Blotter tonight, from school zones to major arterials to the West Seattle Bridge, including someone going almost double the speed limit on Admiral Way. See for yourself, here.

15 Replies to "SPD speeder roundup, almost-all-West-Seattle edition"

  • Seth October 20, 2011 (9:15 pm)

    If you scan to the bottom, you will see they stopped someone for going 21 in a 20 school zone. Can you imagine being stopped for that? Is this really to protect kids? I remember going 20.5 MPH and a guy wizzing passed me at 21. That is aggressive!

    • WSB October 20, 2011 (9:37 pm)

      Seth – because of the order of that particular item, I would bet you a fairly large sum that it’s a typo, meant to be 31, not 21. – TR

  • Silly Goose October 20, 2011 (9:32 pm)

    I guess I have never thought about how fast other cars are traveling unless of course it is really obvious. This report is shocking to me, this peeks my curiousity as to why drivers are driving so fast?
    A) Getting away with it for so long they are use to that speed.
    B) Punishment is so minimal they don’t care.
    c) They are so distracted they don’t notice the speed at which they are moving.

    Makes me go hummm

  • Eaglewatch October 20, 2011 (9:57 pm)

    I am surprised that there aren’t more cell phone infractions being ticketed. These days when I am commuting I would swear that one in three drivers is using a cell phone. What has changed drastically is that most are now texting rather than talking. This is even more dangerous because they have their eyes on the device as well as their hands off the wheel. Cheers to the SPD for every one of the tickets they write. They are making the roads safer.

  • McGruff October 20, 2011 (10:00 pm)

    Go get ’em, SPD! Speeders represent a rich vein of stupid waiting to be mined. In a crowded urban environment, we can only exist in close proximity to one another if we can set rules and abide by them. Most injury accidents come in conjunction with excessive speed and/or failure to yield right of way. If you can’t keep in in the speed limit, perhaps you’re not competent to drive? I say let’s raise the fines and let the dimbulbs pay for City government!

  • Mike October 20, 2011 (10:05 pm)

    Luv it! Go get ’em SPD.

  • rob October 20, 2011 (10:38 pm)

    i’d like to note that in those roxhill elementary instances, all but one of those would have still been speeding even if the school zone wasn’t active. i go through there every morning on my way to work and when i slow down to 20 a bunch of cars fly past me every single time.
    kinda related, i saw them ticketing people on 509 south of the drawbridge. kinda bugs me that 35th is as bad as it is but SPD thinks its better to spend their time on a state highway.

  • wsguy October 21, 2011 (12:53 am)

    “Go get ‘em, SPD! Speeders represent a rich vein of stupid waiting to be mined”

    Thank you, that made my night

  • Yodog October 21, 2011 (4:35 am)

    I wouldn’t find it necessary to speed if people actually went the speed limit. Speeding’s not safe but nor is driving too slow. I can’t stand being behind someone going five miles under the speed limit just as much as they can’t stand Someone going over the speed limit. Police should start ticking those unsafe drivers as well!

  • Smitty October 21, 2011 (6:25 am)

    Speeding tickets are regressive, like tolls.

    How unfair! ticketed amounts should be directly proportional to the wealth of the individual!

    We are the 99%!

  • george October 21, 2011 (12:20 pm)

    Why is our culture such haters on those who have been successful??? They’ve worked their buns off to get where they are. Everyone else wants a handout. meh. That’s not the 99% speeding around WS.

  • lulu October 21, 2011 (2:46 pm)

    Hey Rob,
    Every street in the city limits of Seattle is fair game for speed enforcement, including highways… SR513, SR99 (Aurora Ave), SR509 to name a few. SR513 runs from Montlake to Lake City. Should SPD ignore that roadway because it’s a state highway? I’ve seen speeders on the 1st South Bridge driving 70 to 80 mph, especially the taxi cabs and town cars going to the airport. Good for SPD to work as many arterials and highways as possible. Speeding is not just a West Seattle problem.
    With all the negative press about SPD, here are some officers trying to make a difference. SPD…damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

  • curbed_wheel October 21, 2011 (3:25 pm)

    Personally I think there is a difference between aggressive driving and speeding. Speeding in a neighborhood with kids running around is aggressive and those drivers should be heavily fined. On a sunny day, putting the pedal to the metal on a multiple lane road like the West Seattle Bridge is much different. Yes, you may be well over the speed limit but it is not dangerous when your car is equipped and you know how to drive. Look at Germany where they’ll ticket you for having bald tires but not for “speeding”…..not a bad model.

  • george October 21, 2011 (7:03 pm)

    Agree. I’d feel a little safer if annual car inspections were the norm in order to get your car registered.

  • WTF October 21, 2011 (9:56 pm)

    McGruff…. Duuude!! “rich vein of stupid waiting to be mined”; so peeved I didn’t think of that myself. Laughing out loud. Love it. Oh, and SO true. LMAO

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