NINE MILE FALLS, Wash. - State Parks used to give warnings, but now the state legislature is forcing rangers to write tickets to visitors who come to Riverside State Park without a Discover Pass.
Ranger Chris Guidotti at the park says rangers make rounds on foot to check if each car has a pass and that it matches the license plate. The pass is what brings revenue in and keeps the park open, according to Guidotti.
“We are grateful for people who buy the pass and we are dependent on that.”
Guidotti says while compliance has gone up about 10 to 20 percent of cars still do not display the Discover Pass.
“We make a concerted effort to let people know about the pass,” Guidotti said. “We have signs when you enter the park to let you know the pass is required. if you catch us when we're writing a ticket, we're happy to void them if you do purchase a pass or if you have one and forgot to hang it.”
A ticket for violating the rule is $99. People who have a pass but forget to display it can get the ticket reduced to $59.