Washington State Patrol troopers will be out in force again this week as they look for reckless and unsafe drivers around big trucks.
The troopers are participating in a week-long program in King County called “Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks.” Police are hoping to reduce injuries and fatalities in collisions involving big trucks by changing driver behavior.
The project began in September and will run through 2013 with four one-week periods. Troopers issued 280 tickets and conducted 18 Commercial Motor Vehicle inspections during the first week.
Police want to increase awareness about the types of unsafe driving near commercial vehicles. Those include tailgating, cutting in front of another vehicle too closely, not yielding the right of way, aggressive driving and speeding.
The patrol areas will include Interstate 5 from Seattle to Federal Way, Interstate 90 from Seattle to North Bend and Interstate 405 from Bellevue to Tukwila as well as several state routes. The patrols will take place from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. at times with a higher frequency of collisions.
Two more enforcement weeks are planned: March 11-13 and May 20-24.
I hope that these enforcement efforts will get people thinking about safety. Collisions involving large trucks oftentimes have devastating consequences simply because of the size of the vehicle, so drivers need to be especially careful.