Washington State Patrol

Drivers Ed
7:54 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Stopped By A Trooper? Don't Reach For Your Registration

File photo of a new Washington State Patrol cruiser

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 4:16 pm

With the summer driving season fast approaching, the Washington State Patrol is reminding drivers what to do and not do if you’re stopped.

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Goodbye, Chevy
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Washington State Patrol Switching Back To Ford

The Ford Interceptor is the Washington State Patrol’s new vehicle of choice after a short and rocky experience with the Chevy Caprice.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 4:30 pm

The Washington State Patrol is switching back to Ford police cruisers after a brief, but rocky dalliance with Chevy.

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Conversion To Digital
10:20 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Lawmakers Raise Concerns About Troubled State Patrol Radio System

File photo of one of the new Washington State Patrol portable radios by Motorola.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 5:32 pm

Washington’s troubled State Patrol radio system is getting fresh scrutiny from state lawmakers. The Joint Transportation Committee got an update Wednesday on the $40 million conversion to digital technology.

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Law Enforcement
1:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington State Patrol Faces Lawsuit Over Promotion Of Military Vets

Flickr Photo/Al Pavangkanan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Tom Pillow, president of the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, about a lawsuit filed by state troopers against the Washington State Patrol. The lawsuit claims the agency is breaking the law when military veterans are up for promotions.

Two-Way Radio
8:43 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Dead Air, Garbled Transmissions Trouble Washington Troopers

One of the new Washington State Patrol portable radios by Motorola. It’s a digital radio to replace the previous analog system.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 4:12 pm

For most of us, our smartphones have become our figurative lifelines. For state troopers their literal lifeline is still the two-way radio.

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Marijuana
6:57 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Washington State Patrol Expects No Big Changes From Legalized Marijuana

Washington State Patrol trooper Josh Griffith stands in a heavy snow fall as he talks with drivers on Interstate 90 on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, near North Bend, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Officials with the Washington state Patrol say about 8 percent of the drivers they pull over turn out to be impaired by drugs. A lab test verifying marijuana in the blood is a factor in showing driver impairment, they say, but there’s never been a legal limit the way there is for alcohol. That changes with the new law allowing marijuana possession, which takes effect Thursday, Dec. 6. It contains a new limit on marijuana components in a driver’s bloodstream.

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