Washington State Patrol joins regional effort to prevent fatigued drivers

July 10, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 4 p.m. July 10, 2012

Washington state troopers and authorities in Oregon and California joined forces to combat fatigued drivers.

In the effort, Washington State Patrol troopers and officials in the other states check drivers’ hours of services and cite drivers for exceeding the limit.

The states plan to share data during the emphasis period to verify hours of service recorded by drivers of commercial vehicles traveling the Interstate 5 corridor from Blaine to Northern California.

In many crashes, driver fatigue is a factor. The federal government limits the number of consecutive and cumulative hours a commercial driver can operate a vehicle without a rest period.

The emphasis period started Sunday and runs through Thursday.

Washington, Oregon and California troopers and officers check vehicles and drivers at inspection sites. In addition, roving patrols inspect vehicles and drivers attempting to avoid the inspection sites by traveling on bypass routes.

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