Data-driven traffic patrol coming to Blaine, WA

The Blaine Police Department, with assistance from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), plans to use more data to target its traffic enforcement activities, in an effort reduce serious-injury and fatal crashes in the city.

In a joint presentation to Blaine city council, Blaine police chief Donnell Tanksley and WTSC manager Doug Dahl presented detailed statistics about crashes and traffic violations in Blaine and Whatcom County. The November 25 presentation was the start of an effort to make traffic enforcement in Blaine primarily data-driven, as opposed to being based just on officer discretion or citizen input.

“If you really want to see a strong impact in your enforcement efforts, data-driven is really an important factor,” Dahl told councilmembers. “Chief Tanksley is committed to investing in enforcement that’s connected with being data-driven.”