Washington Patrol Web site gets 1,200 aggressive driving hits in one year

| Monday, December 12, 2005

Since its launch about a year ago, the Washington State Patrol’s aggressive driving Web site has received an average of three reports a day, according to a new report.

The Web site wsp.wa.gov/traveler/agdrvng.htm – which was launched by the state patrol on December 14, 2004 – has received about 1,200 reports of aggressive driving, which is defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as “the commission of two or more moving violations that is likely to endanger other persons or property, or any single intentional violation that requires a defensive reaction of another driver.”

Although the majority of the reports originated from the Snohomish, King, and Pierce county areas, motorists reported aggressive driving on the interstates, state routes, county, and city roadways across the state, according to information from WSP. The majority of the reports that are received indicate that the aggressive driver is speeding, following too close or changing lanes in an unsafe manner.

“With the Web site receiving approximately 100 hits per month from citizens who have either witnessed or have been a victim of an aggressive driver, I feel it’s a tool that we will continue using to battle aggressive driving,” WSP Chief John Batiste said in a press release.

According to the release, some of the problem areas that have been identified around the state are:

  • Interstate 5 between Mile Markers 117 and 137 in Pierce County;
  • Washington Highway 512 between Mile Markers 2 and 10 in Pierce County;
  • Interstate 5 between Mile Markers 100 and 110 in Thurston County;
  • Interstate 405 between Mile Markers 5 and 15 in King County;
  • Interstate 5 between Mile Markers 140 and 150 in King County;
  • Washington Highway 167 between Mile Markers 10 and 20 in King County;
  • Interstate 5 between Mile Markers 160 and 170 in King County;
  • Interstate 90 between Mile Markers 1 and 10 in King County;
  • Interstate 5 between Mile Markers 180 and 200 in Snohomish County; and
  • Washington Highway 14 between Mile Markers 5 and 15 in Clark County.

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