SEATTLE - As drivers pass semi-trucks on the road, they may want to keep in mind that a state patrol trooper could be in the cab with the driver this week.
Troopers are mounting up in trucks to target what they said is a big cause of crashes – aggressive drivers cutting off big rigs.
Troopers said it can take the length of a football field to stop a fully loaded semi, so if a car suddenly cuts one off, it could cause a crash.
Though some have complained the patrols are singling out drivers in cars, the state patrol said passenger car drivers are still the main cause of most truck collisions.
Seven years after the first pilot program, troopers are still jumping into the cabs of large trucks for emphasis patrols called TACT, for Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks.
A trooper rides as a passenger in the semi and a partner in a patrol car makes the traffic stop.
During the last emphasis patrol in December, troopers said they ticketed the drivers of 286 cars and 23 trucks for driving aggressively around large trucks.
The focus this week is in King County, where troopers will focus on interstates and state routes such as 520 and 167 from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m., the times the state patrol sees the most car-truck collisions.
The emphasis patrol runs through Friday, with another round planned for May.