Troopers, truckers team to look for unsafe drivers

May 14, 2013

By Staff

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.

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.

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.

 

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