Instagram     

Go Back   PNW Moto > Washington > Seattle > Kitsap

Kitsap Rides, meetups, regional discussions | Bremerton, Poulsbo, Bainbridge Island, Port Orchard, Silverdale

Like Tree14Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Sep 20th 2016, 03:15 PM   #1
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
Increased 'enforcement' lately?

Is it just me, or is there more law enforcement focus on pulling over motorcycles in the last month or so? I've gotten pulled over three times (two citations, one warning) in a bit over a week for speeds a mere 4-5mph over the limit. This is a new personal best for me, and at first I thought I'd earned the ire of the local precincts somehow, but then I realized I'd seen three other motorcycles pulled over in front of state cruisers as well during the same two weeks.

What gives? Is it my heavily modified (but obviously street legal) dual-sport they don't like? It's not loud or particularly fast at all.

This most recent officer acted like a supermoto kicked his dog once or something; he was super hostile about me going 30 in a 25 zone and interrogated me about where I was going and why. Any of you guys seeing more intense scrutiny from LEOs than usual, or is it just me?
Sep 20th 2016, 03:41 PM   #2
 JohnnyM's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Pullman, WA

  '73 CB350F, '86 VFR750F, '00 Aprilia RS250, '04 Aprilia RSV1000 R Factory(x2), '07 Star 1100 Classic
Was it near a school or in a school zone?

This is the time of year that happens, and it doesn't matter if it's preschool or Pac-12 university level schools. It would also explain the officer's demeanor.
daneloire likes this.
Sep 20th 2016, 04:35 PM   #3
 JohninPT's Avatar
 
  Sep 2016
  Port Townsend

  BMW R1200RS
I saw one of those electronic signs about a month ago saying motorcycle safety emphasis patrols or something to that effect.
Stickman001 and daneloire like this.
Sep 20th 2016, 05:00 PM   #4
 MMcN49's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Small Island Surrounded by Puget Sound

  07 Buell XB12STT, (Two) 12 Suzuki DR650 SE 72BMWR75/5 KIA @ 243K
A BI LEO told me Staters generally cut no slack. On BI 5 over won't get you a ticket. 10 over (not in a school zone) may or may not get you pulled over. They generally will give one, maybe two warnings, but these warnings are in the county computer system. Keep getting caught and you'll get a ticket.

The exceptions are the 305 motorcycle/car rat race exiting the afternoon ferries, and excessive speed on the back road 305 work around. On the island's back roads many people walk/hike. Residents and walkers have lodged numerous complaints about high speed reckless driving on certain roads. LEO's have responded with speed traps on those roads.
daneloire likes this.
Sep 20th 2016, 05:06 PM   #5
 VeritasImageryNW's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Allyn, WA

  '06 HD Street Bob, '85 Yamaha FJ600, 05 Suzuki SV650
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohninPT
I saw one of those electronic signs about a month ago saying motorcycle safety emphasis patrols or something to that effect.
That was for a two week long "motorcycle safety" emphasis patrol. Basically they were stopping bikes to check for proper licensing, gear and equipment. It was also for King, Pierce and Thurston counties (and possibly Snohomish), not Kitsap.
daneloire likes this.
Sep 20th 2016, 05:47 PM   #6
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnnyM
Was it near a school or in a school zone?
Eh.. one was on Rt. 3 about halfway between Belfair and Shelton at 7:30am on a Saturday. The other was just today about half a mile from the intersection of Glenwood and Lider in SW Port Orchard.

Neither of those are notably close to schools or in school zones, as far as I know, and I don't generally speed when there is foot traffic going on (though, to be fair, I was hardly speeding on these tickets anyway).

The warning I got was on 16 between Gorst and Port Orchard. That guy was pretty uninterested in me and didn't have time to give me a citation. He just glanced at my license and registration and was like 'ok slow it down sir' and then drove off before I could even get my gloves and helmet back on :P

I certainly don't have a persecution complex about this at all, and I don't mean it to sound that way. I know I ride and drive over the speed limit pretty regularly, though I try to keep it safe and away from other people. I'm not even mad about getting speeding tickets, it's a small price to pay generally -- I was just curious why it seemed like the last few weeks they had my number.

Must just be lucky!
Sep 20th 2016, 06:13 PM   #7
 Scribbles's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  NW

My guess is that Mason County is short on money and pushing the Sheriff to write more tickets. 4-5 over? really? my last ticket on the highway was for 69 in a 60, (State Patrol on Hwy 3 in my cage) so now I set the cruise control at 65.
daneloire likes this.
Sep 20th 2016, 07:38 PM   #8
 DocB's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Poulsbo, WA

  Aprilia RSV Mille, CBR600F, CB77, CB750K
Quote:
Originally Posted by MMcN49
A BI LEO told me Staters generally cut no slack. On BI 5 over won't get you a ticket. 10 over (not in a school zone) may or may not get you pulled over. They generally will give one, maybe two warnings, but these warnings are in the county computer system. Keep getting caught and you'll get a ticket.

The exceptions are the 305 motorcycle/car rat race exiting the afternoon ferries, and excessive speed on the back road 305 work around. On the island's back roads many people walk/hike. Residents and walkers have lodged numerous complaints about high speed reckless driving on certain roads. LEO's have responded with speed traps on those roads.
Sportsman in front of the middle schools (and my office) is a definite speed trap once school starts. I see soccer moms get pulled over outside my window a lot in the fall. On 305 I'm not so sure it's as much about speeding as maybe running stale yellows. The usual spot I see someone pulled over is just north of Day Road, like maybe they blew through the left turn as the light turned red. It's pretty hard to speed behind all the semis, gardener's trucks and Subarus putt-putting at 43 mph. The one stretch you can sometimes speed a little is, nope, I'm not sayin'.

Now can we talk about these f***ing idiots who keep drifting over the double yellow while texting? I've had to twitch over to the fog line twice in the past couple of weeks. So glad we have the rumble strips down the center, otherwise I would probably have been scraped into a bucket.
Greasemonkey and daneloire like this.
Sep 21st 2016, 12:17 AM   #9
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
I have not noticed anything different, personally, and have not seen much for motorcycles being pulled over more than cars. Actually I haven't seen any MC's pulled over, just cars on Hwy 3 between Bremerton and Silverdale lately (usually what I drive).

You may not be mad about those tickets, but the price is much bigger than you may think.

Years ago, I thought a couple of tickets were no big deal. I had paid one insurance company for years, because they said they would always cover me, especially those that have been long time costumers. Well after I got my third citation, I get a letter in the mail from that insurance company, saying they are dropping me, (for 3 violations) and since it's a law to have insurance in WA state, I would have to contact a high risk insurance through WA state. I called them, explaining I had stuck with them for years even though I was paying more for insurance being with them. They listened and decided to keep me on, but my rate went up significantly. After I got my record clean, I dropped them, and have always shoped for the cheapest insurance. Currently, if I get a ticket, I ALWAYS lawyer up to get my ticket dropped. It's far cheaper than paying a insurance company for 3 years at a high rate than a one time fee to a lawyer.

Sorry you have gotten nailed!
JohnnyM and Arnbo like this.
Sep 21st 2016, 04:53 AM   #10
 Arnbo's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
We have been stopped twice this season with just a Please slow down speech.
Once in Skagit County and the other by WSP on HWY20.Be Polite ,Be respectful and follow directions of the Officer.It goes along way...Well sometimes
Sep 21st 2016, 05:12 AM   #11
 SmokeyMcNug's Avatar
 
  May 2016
  Olympia, WA

  1996 Kat 600 "Ras-tana"
Quote:
Originally Posted by Willow
....and since it's a law to have insurance in WA state....
only for cars. motorcycle insurance is optional in washington state. in oregon it is required.
Sep 21st 2016, 06:11 AM   #12
 Texasl's Avatar
Moderator
 
  Jan 2016
  Northeast Olalla

  07 Guzzi
Quote:
Originally Posted by SmokeyMcNug
only for cars. motorcycle insurance is optional in washington state. in oregon it is required.
Motorcycle liability insurance may not be required, but they are still subject to the financial responsibility laws, which could result in having to post a bond.
Sep 21st 2016, 07:55 AM   #13
 
  May 2016
  Port Orchard, WA

  R1200RT, DR650
Quote:
Originally Posted by Willow
You may not be mad about those tickets, but the price is much bigger than you may think.
I was under the impression that for minor speeding infractions like these, unless you take them to court (and lose), they don't even go on your record. No 'points on your license' or anything like that. It's just a minor extortion of cash and then you're on your way.

At least, that's what it implies on the citation.

I'm not sure how the insurance company would find out if no claims are made, and nothing goes on your driving record for them to find in a random check on you.

The relatively few speeding tickets I've ever gotten haven't seemed to increase my insurance rates, as far as I recall. Have I just been lucky?
Sep 21st 2016, 08:14 AM   #14
 mjh937's Avatar
 
  Feb 2016
  Bellingham, WA

  Yamaha FZ-07
My son was dropped from our insurance for having three tickets within two months. It took almost a year before the insurance company found out. He is paying a lot more for his insurance now.
Sep 21st 2016, 08:26 AM   #15
 Arnbo's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Ferndale Washington

  ZX10-R GSXR 600 Track Bike
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjh937
My son was dropped from our insurance for having three tickets within two months. It took almost a year before the insurance company found out. He is paying a lot more for his insurance now.
That is why you Lawyer up!!
Reply

  PNW Moto > Washington > Seattle > Kitsap

Tags
enforcement, increased



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Whatcom County law enforcement conducting speed emphasis patrols Malay Bellingham 14 Aug 4th 2016 11:01 PM
Thats it I'm moving to Brazil for a career in law enforcement! Red Label Moto Motorcycles 10 Mar 29th 2016 06:43 AM
SB6373 Increased registration fees tod701 Adventure Riding 11 Feb 5th 2016 01:30 PM




Copyright © 2017 PNW Moto. All rights reserved.