Washington troopers ride with truckers to target four-wheelers

| May 20, 2013

Seattle-area troopers are sharing trucker cabs to target unsafe four-wheel behavior around trucks through May 24.

This week marks the last of a Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Truck campaign in King County that began in September. The goal is to better passenger vehicle driving around trucks and to increase awareness about unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles.

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste said officers also are looking for truckers who don’t share the road with other motorists.

The patrol has partnered with the Washington Trucking Association for the last three weeks of the four-week campaign, which includes patrol by WSP aircraft.

Target areas are I-5 from Seattle to Federal Way, I-90 from Seattle to North Bend, I-405 from Bellevue to Tukwila, SR-167 from SR-18 to I-405, and SR-18. The targeted enforcement is 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., which is when most collisions occur, the WSP stated.

Since 2004, state law enforcement has received federal TACT grants to educate passenger car drivers on how to share the road safely with trucks.

  • barney

    I don’t think I’d let a trooper ride in my cab with me. The only good that may come out of it would be the trooper may get a better understanding of what the truck drivers go through on a daily basis both with enforcement and four wheelers.

  • big “JOHN”

    YOU NEED TO GET THAT LAZY CONGRESSIONAL MEN AND WOMEN TO RIDE IN A TRUCK BEFORE THEY PASS THE MEANINGLESS BILLS THAT TURN INTO LAWS THAT WILL IN TURN INTO MORE MONEY FOR THE GOVERNMENT IN FORM OF TAXES THAT NEVER CHANGED ANYTHING. SEE CALIFORNIA FOR EXAMPLE. IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT ALL THAT FUEL SAVINGS DEVISES THEY MANDATE DO NOT WORK UNDER 55 MPH. OH, THAT’S THE SPEED LIMIT. JUST DRIVING 55 MPH WILL SAVE A LOT FUEL WITHOUT THE EXTRA COSTS ADDED ON.

  • Kojack

    Its nice that they try to do something about the stupidity of the drivers in the Seattle area. I have even been flipped off by a Seattle cop while I was backing into a dock from the street. It all starts to the top

  • Hans Witt

    I personaly witnessed a weigh master flip off a driver back in the the ’90s at the old Othello, Wa- weight station ( gone now). I have found the WA state police attitude toward truckes to be the worst in the nation, in my 19 years of exerience. WA has always used under cover, volunteer spotters against truckers, back before cell phones we used to catch them on scanners all the time. OR used to have a logging truck running up and down 97 with a radar gun. Ca had signs with 800 #s to turn truckers. This not a new idea, no! I wouldn’t let a WA trooper ride in my truck either.

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