Troopers hiding in plain site; busting aggressive drivers

aggressive drivers

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Washington State Patrol troopers are disguising themselves as everyday drivers as they search for reckless motorists endangering the lives of many people on the freeway.

The Aggressive Driving Apprehension Team (ADAT) uses ‘grocery go-getters’ to bust violators. These cars are Dodge Chargers and Chevrolet Caprices with no special paint job or markings and no showing lights or antenna.

Troopers are using these cars to watch your every move. A spokesperson says August is the worst month for aggressive driving. Troopers have already stopped over 40,000 aggressive drivers in Washington this year alone.

Trooper Mark Francis said, “DUIs are the number one cause for fatality but right behind that are the speeders and aggressive drivers. So that’s why it’s so important to get them off the road to make these roadways safer and have less people get seriously injured or killed on our roadways.”

Troopers don’t issue warnings if you endangering the lives of others. Fines can be in the hundreds of dollars and you can even serve jail time.

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2 comments

  • JK

    some quotes from the Washington State Patrol Regulations Manual:

    Page 438-439:
    SECTION 11: MARKING AND EQUIPMENT
    17.11.010 PATROL VEHICLE MARKING AND EQUIPMENT (CALEA 41.3.1,
    41.3.2, 43.1.5, 61.1.6, 70.4.1)
    3. Troopers
    a. Vehicles issued to traffic officers shall be white.
    b. The vehicle shall be marked on the front doors with a black and
    white Washington State Patrol shield and dark blue lightning
    bolt. Decals with the words “State Patrol” shall be affixed to
    both front doors.
    c. License plates shall include the officer’s personnel number.
    d. The vehicle shall be equipped with a roof-mounted light bar,
    blue spot light, roll bar, jail partition, push bars, siren, radio,
    and standard trunk equipment.

    Page 442:
    SECTION 13: CONFIDENTIAL LICENSE PLATES
    17.13.010 CONFIDENTIAL LICENSE PLATES (CALEA 43.1.5, 61.1.6)
    I. POLICY
    A. Use of Confidential License Plates
    1. Confidential license plates shall only be utilized on vehicles within
    the department for confidential, investigative, or undercover work;
    or when necessary for the personal security of any officer or public
    employee.