Selah court filings nearly double following police crackdown

Selah court filings nearly double following police crackdown
SELAH, Wash. -- Officers cracked down on school zone speeders in Selah after you complained. KIMA learned they haven't let up and parents are taking notice.

"I used to live at a place by the school and they just constantly were speeding and not watching out," said Selah parent Tiffany Minton.

The school zones are just one part of the effort. Officers are gong after any driver they see breaking the law

Tickets written on the streets end up at City Hall, where administrators say the average number of court filings have nearly doubled over the last two years.

Selah's court system averaged about 67 filings a month in 2011. That includes traffic tickets and other cases.

Now, its seeing roughly 120 cases a month.

"It can be anything from traffic citations to criminal citations," said Selah Court Administrator Andrew Paschen.

The biggest increases are from school zone tickets and people driving without a valid license. Domestic violence cases are also on the rise.

"Do you anticipate this to continue?" KIMA asked.

"Yes," said Paschen.

It's meant longer hours for Andrew Paschen. For Selah, it's meant more money and for parent's like Tiffany Minton, it's an added sense of relief.

"I have a kid that goes to the high school," said Minton. "I think the school zones definitely need to be enforced."

A push to make those who break the law pay up seems to be paying off. Selah's leaders say it won't go away anytime soon.

More tickets and court cases brought an extra $20,000 to Selah last year. Administrators expect another boost this year.