Troopers to team with truckers to look for aggressive drivers next week
May 13, 2013
New: May 13, 1:54 p.m.
Washington State Patrol troopers will be back out May 20-24 conducting an aggressive driving emphasis in King County. This time, troopers will have help from truckers to look for motorists who are driving unsafely around big trucks.
During the emphasis, troopers will team up with truck drivers and ride with them in their trucks. When a trooper spots a car speeding, cutting others off or driving aggressively around a truck, the trooper will radio ahead to fellow officers to stop the motorist.
“We continue to see passenger car drivers as the main cause of most truck involved collisions,” said Captain Jason Berry, Commercial Vehicle Division commander. “People need to understand they have to give these big trucks plenty of space. When there is a car-versus-truck collision, there’s a good chance the people in the car will be injured,” he said.
This weeklong emphasis is part of a Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks Project that has troopers conducting four weeklong emphases that began in September 2012 and will continue through May 2013.
In the first weeklong emphasis in September 2012, troopers contacted a total of 485 drivers; 280 tickets were issued and troopers conducted 18 commercial motor vehicle inspections. In the second emphasis in December 2012, troopers contacted 502 drivers; 286 car drivers and 23 commercial motor vehicle drivers received tickets for driving aggressively around other big trucks.
Most collisions involving commercial motor vehicles that occur in King County happen on the interstate and state routes. Officers will patrol Interstate 5 from Seattle to Federal Way, Interstate 90 from Seattle to North Bend, Interstate 405 from Bellevue to Tukwila, state Route 167 from state Route 18 to I-405, and state Route 18 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., during the times most collisions occur.
The project is funded with a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The grant is part of a program directed by Congress in 2004 to educate passenger car drivers on how to share the roadway safely with commercial vehicles.