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Speeders and traffic offenders have a higher risk of being pulled over in Kirkland thanks to an annexation ramp up, according to news reports.

Speeders and traffic offenders have a higher risk of being pulled over in Kirkland thanks to an annexation ramp up, according to news reports.

The number of traffic stops in Kirkland has increased by 30 percent in the first three months of 2011, according to news reports. There are 20 additional officers on the street as a result of an annexation, which will continue until June 1.

After June 1, the police department said the troopers will be spread over a bigger geographic region, including the Finn Hill, Kingsgate and Juanita neighborhoods.

Previously, there were 67 officers with the Kirkland Police Department. It has already hired 20 more, and expects to hire 14 more, totaling 101 officers by the annexation date, according to news reports.

The increase in patrols has led to a 29.5 percent increase of traffic stops so far this year compared to the same period last year.

As a Kirkland car accident attorney, I’m glad to see that troopers are working to keep the roadway safe. I urge drivers to never drink and drive, drive while distracted, speed or ignore other safety laws, whether extra patrols are out or not.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Kirkland.

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