TACOMA, Wash. – Legislators headed to work can’t get speeding tickets, or so says the Washington State Patrol and at least one local police department.
A spokesperson for WSP says Washington lawmakers are constitutionally protected from receiving noncriminal traffic tickets during a legislative session, as well as 15 days before.
A spokesperson says The Tacoma Police Department abides by a similar policy.
State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins says the privilege not only applies to moving violations near the state Capitol in Olympia, but potentially anywhere in the state.
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.