Ritzville, Washington Speed Traps
Ritzville cops are no longer content pulling over unsuspecting drivers that are going a mile or two over the speed limit on I-90. They’ve found a more lucrative way to line their pocketbooks. They are now pulling over cars that drive past the unfortunate folks that are getting a ticket. If you do not completely change lanes when you pass them (even if the lane is full of faster moving traffic) they will pull you over and issue a “failure to yield to a stationary emergency vehicle” ticket (statute 46.61.212). This is considered a “moving violation” and carries a $191 fine. There is no defense… it is the officers word against the motorists word.
See above. Construction zone.
I have driven roundtrip between these mile markers for almost 4 yrs and very rarely do I NOT see a cop. They usually have 2 cops out and sometimes the plane when the weather gets nice. There are lots of hiding places as previously mentioned. I would never speed here at all.
The “Lind Speedtrap” is well known by those who travel I-90 from Spokane to points west of there. A WSP detachment is stationed out of Ritzville and loves to hide on the Lind, WA onramps and offramps. I was traveling SB to get onto I-90 EB to Ritzville/Spokane and came across 2 WSP patrol units, hunkered down and out of site from the Interstate – always wondered where they “hid” and just stumbled upon them by accident. I waved, knowing now where they hid – one trooper didn’t look too happy, but he couldn’t nail me for just waving. They must be the “spotters” and the “chase unit” is somewhere down the highway, or at the onramp EB to I-90. Do not go over 5MPH of the speed limit and stay in the right lane if at all possible. Once you get past that 20 mile corridor, you’re fairly safe, although I have spotted a Spokane County Sheriff’s unit & WSP while crossing the county line into Spokane County from Adams County, also another trap.
Note: Ritzville’s major source of revenue is Speed Trap Money (according to their own court prosecutor). They run several totally unmarked cars including a Volvo station wagon. A smart motorist would set their cruise control at least 5 mph under the limit and stay in the right lane. The Volvo (or other unmarked unit) will try to start to push drivers faster by tailgating.
Don’t fall for it. If you do get a ticket, absolutely talk to the prosecuting attorney, Ticket fees ARE negotiable!
Ritzville is "Police Pirates".
Extortion is their game.