State troopers are conducting a week-long emphasis patrol to stop drivers who are aggressive around big trucks, even using their eye in the sky to find people who are speeding and cutting off.
The Washington State Patrol said troopers are employing the same tactics as when they look for DUI drivers. If the trooper in the air spots a vehicle speeding, cutting off, or driving aggressively around a commercial truck, the trooper in the plane will tell troopers on the ground to pull over the driver.
During the last emphasis patrol week in March, troopers stopped 741 drivers and issued 670 tickets to people who were driving aggressively around the big trucks.
Troopers also inspected 41 commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and put six trucks out of service.
WSP said troopers will patrol Interstate5 from Seattle to Federal Way; I-90 from Seattle to North Bend; I-405 from Bellevue to Tukwila; State Route 167 from SR 18 to I-405; and SR 18 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., during the times most collisions occur.
The patrols are part of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) Project, which is funded with a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.