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Seattle traffic violations are down, but that doesn’t mean we’re driving better

A car at left is sandwiched between two buses as its driver drives illegally in a BUS ONLY lane along 4th Ave. S. near S. Jackson St. in Seattle Wednesday, August 10, 2022.  Seattle traffic violations dropped 67% from 2019 to 2021, but it doesn’t mean we’re better drivers. SPD says it’s a staffing issue, and a matter of the department allocating limited resources


From 2019 to 2021, the number of traffic infractions issued by Seattle police dropped by 68%, FYI Guy writes.

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