Wow this part is awful:
So the chief of WSP gets to waive this law for 'gotcha' speed traps and ticket duty whenever he feels like it.Traffic control vehicles of the
4 Washington state patrol may be exempted from the requirements of
5 subsection (2) of this section at the discretion of the chief of the
6 Washington state patrol.
Nothing like creating a police state where the citizens are always afraid the cops are going to "catch" them.
The whole thing reeks like rotting fish. The government is supposed to be transparent and accountable to the people. This goes the opposite direction. Shame on this phony Republican In Name Only representative Pike for proposing this!
Lets call her office and write to her and to our reps and sens and let them know we don't appreciate this.
WSP and traffic patrol.... now why does that sound familiar...
Add to that that Mr. Bob Calkins, the WSP spokesman, told me that the clerks running the capitol can make whatever rules they want because they have the same rights as "private property owners." His words, not mine.
Add that to them refusing to enforce I-594 to make it's opponents look like fools at the "I will not comply rally" and they also refused to enforce 9.41.270 when idiots were brandishing at the Jan 15th rally which resulted in the open carry ban in chambers and hearing rooms and you'll see this pattern of willful scorn for Washington state law by the WSP. So since they don't care about the law we should just change the law to reflect that, right? Wrong!
The sponsor of the bill is Elizabeth Pike. Here is her email address and contact info:
January - March:
Toll-free: (800) 562-6000
March - December:
You can use this link to find your reps and senators office phone numbers, mailing addresses and email them as well.
We need to hit this from all angles:
-When contacting Republican legislators remind them that from a liberty and public accountability standpoint that this is counter to good governance and to the principles of a free nation that isn't subervient to the police. We don't have unmarked, plainclothes "finger men" constantly patrolling the streets waiting and watching for citizens to "slip up" so they can catch them. Police proudly wear their uniform. Undercover is one thing, traffic duty is another!
-When contacting Democrat legislators come at them from the angle of rabid cop bias that they have and how those 'terrible' (their words, not mine) police can't be trusted to have powers like this. If I were truly being perverse I'd tell you to sign your email with "hands up don't shoot" or "I can't breathe" to finally get some good out of those statements but I'm not sure I could stomach using those.
Whatever your stance on the above issues, I'm sure you'll all agree, we need to stop this bill.