Troopers target motorists for aggressive driving near tractor-trailers

December 16, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Dec. 16, 2012

State troopers plan to crack down on aggressive motorists through May 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 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.

The program launched in September, included a recent patrol emphasis, and is scheduled for additional enforcement in March and May.

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.

The state patrol received a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct the patrols.

In the initial weeklong emphasis in September, troopers contacted 485 violators, issued 280 tickets and conducted 18 commercial motor vehicle inspections. During the emphasis, troopers also recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested two drivers for violations related to their required ignition interlock breath alcohol devices.

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5 Responses to “Troopers target motorists for aggressive driving near tractor-trailers”

  1. Doug Balzer on December 16th, 2012 2:41 pm

    Couldn’t agree more….too many drivers (especially young and new) do not understand the difficulty in handling and stopping these big rigs. A ticket is not enough, they need to attend a short class to learn the danger of their driving.

  2. Paul on December 17th, 2012 12:26 am

    I do agree with this emphasis but I’m hoping that the WSP will also crack down on aggressive truckers. Far too many are tailgating for miles, speeding, changing lanes abruptly, etc. Most notable in these kinds of bad driving are trucks on I-5 from Canada. They drive like they have some sort of diplomatic immunity.

  3. Rick Francis on December 17th, 2012 1:50 am

    I’d like to see the lower speed limit enforced for trucks. I recently came back from Spokane along I-90, and there were trucks passing trucks passing trucks, some of them doing substantially more than 60 mph, others seriously impeding traffic — this under somewhat adverse road conditions. Yet, although I drive this route pretty often, I have never seen a truck pulled over and cited. Yes, the tailgating speed demons in cars are a problem; but so are the truckers.

  4. T. Perkins on December 17th, 2012 6:27 am

    It works both ways. Just a few days ago while driving in a downpour I was tailgated by a truck who kept flashing high beams and all I could see in the rearview mirror was the big old K-Whopper emblem. Since I was already in the right lane and had no place to go except on to the breakdown lane I maintained my position apparently at the displeasure of the driver. He finally dodged into the passing lane, at close quarters, and sped off at speed over the limit, showering me with a good deal of water so I wasn’t able to see if the Fed/Ex truck had the “How’s my driving?” message on the trailer. I appreciate the difficulty that these drivers have, try to stay out of their way, and give them a break when possible but on the other hand I have noticed that some create unsafe situations also.

  5. Critical Thinker on December 17th, 2012 5:59 pm

    How about Commercial Vehicle Division Troopers do their jobs and target truckers on I-90 that drive in the number one lane (which is illegal). Then maybe we wouldn’t have so may incidents involving trucks.

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