Northwest NEWS

October 4, 1999

Editorial

To the citizens of Carnation and surrounding areas

   In recent months, there has been an increase in traffic complaints, specifically relating to individuals driving over the posted speed limit. There have been efforts made by the city to provide adequate signage to alert all citizens to the speed limits in town.

   There is a concern that people are still not obeying the posted speeds. In an effort to work with the community, the Carnation Police Department will be addressing those specific areas within the city limits. Officers will be running radar in the specific areas of concern.

   We will initially gave warnings, including what the speed was at time of stop and what the posted speed is. For very blatant violations, the option to issue a citation is up to the officer.

   Our hope is to have citizens comply with the posted speeds and to get people thinking about safety in their community, or in some cases, the community that they pass through.

   As of Sept. 27, officers are issuing citations for speed limit violations, as well as any other violations that they observe. By state law, RCW Title 46, 46.61.400, the maximum speed on any city or town street is 25mph. The bottom line is that a citation for being 1-5mph over the 25mph speed would cost a minimum of $57.

   We hope that in a cooperative effort, we will reduce the incident of speeding complaints and reduce the potential for accidents in our city. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Carnation Police Department at 425-333-4190.

Bonnie Soule, Carnation police chief