Troopers launch crackdown against aggressive motorists
September 23, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 21, 2012
State troopers plan to crack down on aggressive motorists starting Monday, in a regional effort to change drivers’ behavior around commercial vehicles.
Officials said collision data shows cars cause the majority of crashes involving cars and commercial vehicles. Washington State Patrol troopers received a grant to conduct a weeklong Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks, or TACT, emphasis in King County.
In King County, most collisions involving commercial vehicles happen on interstates and state highways. Troopers plan to patrol Interstate 90 from Seattle to North Bend, plus stretches of Interstate 5, state Route 18 and more from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. — the time most collisions occur.
“Motorists who drive recklessly, or are unsafe around these big rigs, are asking for trouble,” state patrol Chief John R. Batiste said in a statement. “These trucks are unforgiving in the amount of damage they do to a car in a collision.”
The goal is to change motorists’ behavior around commercial motor vehicles, to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities, and to increase public awareness about unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles, such as cutting off trucks, tailgating, failing to yield right of way, speeding and aggressive driving.
“Troopers and other police officers assigned to TACT are not just after the car drivers,” Batiste said. “Officers will also look for truck drivers who don’t share the road.”
The state patrol received a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct the patrols.