Council to pay for rural patrol | King County

  • Mon Jul 3rd, 2017 11:30am
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Communities in unincorporated King County will see increased traffic safety patrols following the unanimous approval by the Metropolitan King County Council of funds for emphasis patrols. Sponsored by Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn – who district includes the Enumclaw area – the legislation allocates funds for an additional 1,100 hours of increased traffic enforcement by the King County Sheriff’s Office.

“I heard concerns about traffic enforcement from residents of unincorporated King County over and over again at my annual town hall meetings,” Dunn said. “Increased visibility by the Sheriff’s Office in unincorporated King County will help keep our children and our community’s safe by reminding drivers to obey traffic laws.”

“The No. 1 complaint I hear from residents is speeding in neighborhoods,” said King County Sheriff John Urquhart. “These funds will help to address that concern, as well as help to keep our streets safe from drunk drivers.”

The recent legislation restricts the funds for use in increasing patrols for traffic safety enforcement in unincorporated King County. Enforcement will focus around schools, patrols for driving under the influence and speeding drivers.