New police patrols start on Saturday

The Sequim Police Department, Clallam County Sheriff's Department and Washington State Patrol will conduct another round of X-52 traffic safety emphasis patrols on March 28.

The patrols will target speeders, aggressive drivers and those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

During the last X-52 patrols on March 14, 10 officers from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Washington State Patrol cited or arrested 141 drivers.

The X-52 Patrols are a state-wide strategy that provides additional police officers to target specific locations where speeding, aggressive driving and driving under the influence are prevalent.

During a four-hour period last year, the Sequim Police Department made 29 traffic stops that resulted in two drivers with suspended licenses, 12 traffic infractions, 13 written warnings, one drug arrest and one felony arrest.

Washington State Patrol troopers working in and around Sequim made an additional 48 traffic stops that resulted in three drivers with suspended licenses, one with an open alcohol container and one with no liability insurance.

Troopers also wrote 27 traffic infractions, 16 speeding infractions and five seat belt infractions.

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