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Angrier people may help ferry line cutter bill

"The prospect of angrier ferry users may help finally pass a bill to make ferry line cutting illegal.Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, has introduced the bill for the past several years. Already this year SB 6281 has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House where it has died in prior years. The Senate vote on Jan. 14 was 43-1, with only Jim Hargrove, R-Aberdeen, voting no.The bill would allow the State Patrol to issue a ticket to motorists who cut in front of others in the ferry line. As things now stand, line cutting is not illegal. Troopers can only ask rude motorists to go back to the end of the line.There was solid support expressed for the bill at Thursday night's Ferry Advisory Committee meeting in Freeland which was attended by ferry officials and some 30 members of the public.We see a climate of increased ferry fury, said Terry McCarthy, deputy director of Washington State Ferries. That fury stems from longer lines now, and the prospect of even longer lines when service cuts dictated by I-695 take effect this summer.On the Clinton-Mukilteo route, late-night weekend trips won't be added this summer, which could result on some people being left on the dock or having to wait an hour if they miss the ferry. What McCarthy called late night run competition, may require giving police the legal authority to penalize lane cutters.Haugen said Friday morning that she hopes the line cutting bill passes in the House this year. There's so much more frustration, she said. Road rage will increase."

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