The Kent Police department is seeking to enter a state pilot program that utilizes technology to automatically issue tickets for vehicles with illegal (loud) exhaust systems to deter street racing. The device the department is seeking to use reportedly measures noise that triggers a camera that capture a vehicle's license plate, similar to red-light cameras and school zone traffic cameras that catch speeding drivers.
The state Legislature recently approved a proposal for the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission to oversee a pilot program and select the participating law enforcement agencies, said Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla.
The City of Kent has long had an issue with street racers. Hundreds of street racers show up in the North Kent industrial area on nice weekends – often in the spring and summer – to illegally race.
Newton & Hall's team of attorneys have successfully represented those charged with these violations in the past, as well as those who are charged with similar offenses by the Kent Municipal Court. If you were charged with a similar crime or infraction, don't hesitate to contact us for legal representation.
For more information, see the recent Kent Reporter article on this subject here.