WSP gets clever to nab speeders, aggressive drivers

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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Posted on March 30, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 30 at 2:54 PM

Highway speeders take note: The Washington State Patrol launched a pilot program Friday to crack down on speeders and aggressive drivers using a new and improved strategy.

"We're getting smarter in the way we catch speeders," said Trooper Keith Leary.
 
Starting Friday, WSP is zeroing in on areas that have a history of aggressive and erratic driving. Troopers are basing the strategy on raw data that shows precise locations known for problems.
 
"Once we identify those areas, we saturate the roads utilizing resources we have more efficiently," said Leary. "The whole idea is to cut down on serious injury and fatal collisions."
 
The strategy will be in place for the remainder of the year. Motorcycle units with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office and Everett Police will also be involved.
 
The new project, which is modeled off the Target Zero DUI program, will be limited to 
snohomish County at first, but Leary said he expects the project to go statewide.

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