OLYMPIA - On highways throughout Western Washington, Seattle south to Vancouver, troopers will be riding in big rigs to witness first-hand those who make inappropriate lane changes, drive too close and fail to yield the right of way, all of which were top causes of car-truck accidents last year.

These accidents not only caused injury and death, but halted the mobility of thousands of people trying to get to their destinations throughout Washington. Troopers will witness violations and then call ahead to other troopers who will be waiting on the roadways to stop violators and provide a warning or a ticket. The goal is to reduce injuries and death and enhance mobility.

Last year, 76 percent of all fatality accidents where passenger cars and trucks were involved were caused by the passenger vehicle. According to WSP Chief Ronal W. Serpas, these accidents are often fatal and usually shut freeways down for hours, costing the state thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

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