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Mon., Sept. 16, 2013, 1:01 p.m.

Washington Solons Allowed To Speed

It’s a joke shared privately among some state lawmakers in Olympia: Go ahead, drive as fast as you want on the way to the Capitol. You won’t get a ticket – it’s the law. Though said in jest, the advice is rooted in reality. Legislators headed to work can’t get speeding tickets – or so says the Washington State Patrol and at least one local police department. A spokesman for WSP said Washington lawmakers are constitutionally protected from receiving noncriminal traffic tickets during a legislative session, as well as 15 days before. ... The logic? Detaining lawmakers on the road – even for the time it takes to issue them a speeding ticket – may delay them from getting to the Capitol to vote, Calkins said/Melissa Santos, Tacoma News Tribune. More here.

Question: Would you want a law like this in Idaho?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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