Washington State Patrol working to reduce car-commercial truck accidents

The Washington State Patrol is targeting drivers who drive unsafely around large commercial vehicles. Between 2005 and 2007, there were 5000 commercial truck accidents in Washington State. In analyzing the statistics, they show that the driver of the car was at-fault in two thirds of the accidents which resulted in 175 fatalities and 450 injuries. The Washington State Patrol is trying to enforce behavior changes among drivers including leaving more room for trucks, avoiding tailgating, reducing speeding around trucks and reducing aggressive driving.

During a two week period in Spokane and Grays Counties, State Patrol troopers are going to ride in the cabs of commercial trucks to help spot cars who follow too closely or cut the big trucks off reports Seattle’s King 5.com.Chief John R. Batiste of the Washington State Patrol says:

Motorists who drive recklessly, or are unsafe around these big rigs, are asking for trouble. When a car and a commercial vehicle are involved in a collision, the car will lose.”

The patrol is working with a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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