Patrol troopers will begin riding big rigs this month as part of a “Step up and
Ride” education and enforcement effort aimed at curbing accidents caused by
cars that drive dangerously around trucks.
The program, which
started in May this year, came from Washington State Trooper Maureen Crandell,
who began riding big rigs after police records showed 76 percent of all fatal
accidents last year in Washington where passenger cars and trucks were involved
were caused by cars.
In a statement,
Washington State Patrol Chief Ronal W. Serpas said, “These accidents are often
fatal and usually shut freeways down for hours, costing the states thousands of
dollars in lost revenue.”
As part of the
program, troopers like Crandell who witness violations such as inappropriate
lane changes, driving too close or failing to yield the right of way will call
ahead to other troopers who will stop violators and provide either a warning or
The program will
focus on highways throughout Western Washington and Seattle south to Vancouver.