Letter: Pasco Police Chief reviewed man's citation

September 13, 2013 

Though I do not normally respond to such letters, I am compelled to share "the rest of the story" regarding Scott Turner's letter Sept. 9, complaining that a Pasco officer should have given him a warning instead of a citation for making a lane change without signaling at 5:45 a.m. on his way to work.

The "rest of the story," as determined by my review of the video and interview of the officer, is that Mr. Turner made two intersection turns and one lane change, each without signaling -- clearly demonstrating a pattern of not using his signals. The purpose of the citation is to encourage that pattern to change and to eliminate the unsafe practice that endangers others on the roadway.

I appreciate that no one likes getting a ticket, but our paramount duty is to keep people safe, not only from direct crime but also while driving on public streets. Members of the Pasco Police Department are rightly proud of their service to the community, which contributes significantly to Pasco's enjoyment of a very low crime rate.

CHIEF BOB METZGER, Pasco Police Department

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