I understand that KUOW is a small newsroom. And they have to put something out. But I do not understand this story. Police say drivers are not stopping when they put on lights and sirens. And they blame the fact that there are new restrictions on high speed chases. At best, it feels like it needs more work.
Like, their numbers don’t make any sense. The story admits it doesn’t have the data to back up police claims. And only at the end does it mention oh by the way fewer people are dying in high speed chases. Imagine leading with that, and how frivolous the rest of the story might seem.
Finally, they provide one person who called 9-1-1 and asked the dispatcher to have the police stop chasing them. Presumably they caught the person, so it shows the chases aren’t necessary.
Anyway, please wash your hands right now. And get vaccinated or boosted if you’re eligible.