Aurora Traffic Safety patrol catches 677 violations

Updated with new number of violations:
Beginning at approximately 7 a.m. and running through the rest of the day on Thursday, April 14, Seattle Police Department and Washington State Patrol officers conducted a major safe driving enforcement patrol along Aurora Ave N.

Over the course of the day patrol officers tracked a total of 677 violations, wrote up 509 citations, clocked 331 speeders and doled out 198 warnings to drivers, according to the SPD Blotter. These numbers include 62 people caught driving while talking on their cell phones, 80 driving without insurance, 23 without a license, and a total of six who were arrested and charged with DUIs. Here’s the breakdown of violations, and subsequent tickets, for the day:

Tickets issued for the following violations:

Aggressive driving – 19
DUI Arrest – 6
Negligent Driving – 2
High speed – 66 in a 40 MPH zone
Cell phone – 62
No insurance – 80
No Operators License – 23
FTY to Pedestrians – 1
FTY Right of Way – 2
Unsafe Lane Change – 21
Follow to close – 2
School zone – 8
School zone (speed van) – 42
Bicycle – 2
Inattention – 2
Defective Equipment – 8
Illegal turns – 16
Signs Obey – 15
No seatbelt – 30
Vehicle License – 5

While SPD did dish out quite a lot of tickets along Aurora yesterday, officers say the primary aim of the patrol was safety. “The overall goal of the Aurora Avenue emphasis patrol is to promote safe driving behavior, not necessarily to write tickets. Tickets are however, a product of traffic law enforcement,” SPD said in a statement.

Some readers disagree however. Ben commented on our previous story about the patrol, saying, “One has to wonder how stupid the police think the public is. Maybe I’m giving the police too much credit but I can’t believe for a second that they honestly believe this has any long term effect. It’s just an excuse to hand out gobs of tickets. After three days of non-police-marshal-law on Aurora things will business as usual.”

QA Res responded, “If they want to make Aurora safer they should focus their safety efforts on what’s happening outside of the car on Aurora.”

What do you think? Did the patrol help remind the public to drive safely along Aurora, which has an extremely high collision incident rate, or was it just an excuse for officers to hand out more tickets in a shorter amount of time? What do you think SPD and the city could do to make Aurora safer?


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BuffaloHawk
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BuffaloHawk

I wanted to see texting violations.It is one of the biggest problems on the road and they need to seriously crack down on it more agressively than they have in the past

Cheese
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Cheese

While this event is a good thing in my opinion I would rather see a regular presence of law enforcement on the roads. Right now every time I drive I see an infraction/violation every minute and I’m not even really looking.

And no, it’s not a revenue thing for the police, geez, when driving just obey the law, give yourself time and space, and viola – no problem!

Guest
Guest
Guest

Wow.

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

80 citations for no insurance? Holy cow! I guess that’s why I need to shell out extra bucks for ‘uninsured motorists’. And even with that, I’ll still be screwed if one of those dickheads plows into me.

BuffaloHawk
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BuffaloHawk

It is scary the amount of uninsured motorists out there. Why don’t they make people show proof of insurance when they get there tabs. No insurance no tabs. Then they can identify uninsured moroists on the road. If you cancel your insurance they insurance company contacts DMV and then you have to turn in your tab sticker

Guest
Guest
Guest

It needs to happen EVERY day!

Guest
Guest
Guest

I think police should worry less about SOME of the silly traffic citations they hand out, and concentrate more on finding child molesters and rapists. Just my two cents.

brian
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brian

You can only police stupidity to a certain degree.

BallardBoy64
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BallardBoy64

Thanks to the advance warning, I’ve avoided this part of Highway 99 this week. Is it safe to go back yet?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nice to see so many cell phone violations handed out. If they keep it up (say, once a week for a month), people might actually start to change their behavior.

Guest
Guest
Guest

This is purely a revenue-generating exercise. This will have no long term impact. Silly to try to spin it otherwise.

guest
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guest

exactly.

Tonygumbrell
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Tonygumbrell

Talk to any professionl driver. I used to be one. Any bus driver can tell you for example, that it’s just nuts out there. Once when I was eastbound in light traffic on I-90 I was just entering the Mount Baker tunnel when a car sped by me lost control swerved all the way over, slammed against one wall of the tunnel, bounced the other way across all the lanes and hit the opposite wall, then spun around sideways and stopped sideways right in the middle of the tunnel. I saw trouble coming right away, slowed and had my 4-way blinkers on before I even stopped. When the cars behind me stopped, I got out and ran up to his car. He was pounding the steering wheel, saying, sh-t, sh-t, sh-t! He looked like one of those young studs who is dumber than a bucket of rocks.
Thats an extreme example, but there are an awful lot of people out there who brazenly act as though, and apparently think that, they are they are in the right, when they are flagrantly breaking the law, ignoring the rules of the road, and/or jeopardizing others.

Kim Il-Sung
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Kim Il-Sung

No insurance and no license, of course, being the highest. That group should automatically lose their cars.

Kim Il-Sung
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Kim Il-Sung

“Why don’t they make people show proof of insurance when they get there tabs.”

because some idiot in Seattle would turn it into a ‘social justice’ issue. You know, as opposed to ‘equal justice’ which is in the constitution.

tonygumbrell
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tonygumbrell

Is this an open admission of your unfitness to drive.

Guest
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Guest

I wonder of the 80 people without insurance actually have insurance and just don’t have an updated copy. The one time I got pulled over my copy in the was a month expired but I sent in proof of insurance and they cleared that. Since I’m not the one who does insurance, I don’t think of replacing the piece of paper every six months. I don’t think I’m the only one.

Ed Rhine
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Ed Rhine

So the top 2 were – busted for no insurance and driving while distracted – cell phone use. I think the police need to do this more often. I’m tried of paying insurance premiums to cover uninsured motorist and accidents due to people not paying attention.

guest
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guest

you’re not. I’ve never let my insurance lap but i’ve gone 6 months without changing the paper.

chris
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chris

Reckless driving is silly? People are far more likely to be hurt or killed by reckless drivers than any other crime. And do you really think the detectives and lawyers working on molestation cases are being pulled off the job to catch reckless drivers on Aurora?

kim
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kim

sometimes child molesters and rapists are caught via traffic stops. criminals make really stupid mistakes and traffic stops are some of them.

Guest
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Guest

They need to get Parking Enforcement to do something about the cars parked in the southbound right lane between 6am and 9am.

kim
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kim

and you cannot dispute your cell phone bill and the time of stop so these violations have no reason to be thrown out in court.

Xyz
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Xyz

i’d rather see the offenders paying the bill than law abiding tax payers. and if it makes money, hey even better!

guest
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guest

They needed to give more tickets to slow drivers in the left most lane. Most agressive driving is a result of this.