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Washington State Patrol ends up on wrong end of traffic ticket in Scotland

Washington State Patrol officers are far more likely to give tickets than get them, but that’s what happened when a team from the agency’s Executive Services Section improperly used a bus lane in Glasgow, Scotland.

That’s how a snap from a traffic camera in Scotland cost taxpayers in Washington nearly $100.

A security detail for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee got caught for a minor traffic infraction on a traffic camera authorized by the Glasgow City Council.

Inslee, along with his wife Trudi and other state employees, were in Glasgow late last year for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. The trip has cost state taxpayers about $66,000.

The £30 ticket (about $37) ended up costing taxpayers more because of a £40 administrative fee charged by the company that troopers rented the Audi A4 wagon from, Langley Slough-based Sixt Rent a Car Ltd.

Washington State Patrol officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the traffic ticket.

A spokesman for the Glasgow City Council said bus travel is more sustainable and signage regarding bus lanes complies with the law.

“The bus remains the most significant form of public transport in Glasgow and provides far more sustainable travel than the private car,” the spokesman said in a statement to The Center Square. “Bus gates, bus lanes and other bus priority measures help operators run the kind of reliable and efficient services that people want to use and so are part of our effort to tackle transport-related carbon emissions. All of our signage for bus gates and lanes is fully compliant with the roads legislation and in many cases goes far beyond what is legally required. Enforcement action only follows when the road regulations are breached and the ticket in this instance was issued entirely in accordance with the law.”

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