Troopers target motorists for aggressive driving near tractor-trailers
December 16, 2012
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.