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Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Wily in Washington: State Trooper Goes "Panhandler" to Bust Drivers

CrimProfs John Strait of Seattle Law and John Junker of Washington Law say the tactic may have been sly, but it's perfectly legal.  A Washington State Trooper posed on the side of the road wearing a cardboard sign that read, "Happy Holidays, Buckle Up," while keeping a close look to see if drivers were buckled up.  If not, he radioed a fellow trooper down the road to make a stop.  A few drivers even offered the trooper money, thinking he was a panhandler. In all, the ploy enabled the troopers to make 41 stops, give 30 tickets at $101 a piece, make six outstanding warrant arrests, and one drug arrest.  Story. . . [Mark Godsey]

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Clever and maybe even legal, but Washington state has real criminals to contend with...but that requires work.

Posted by: griz | Aug 8, 2007 8:00:54 AM

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