Someday everybody might be their own traffic cop. USA Today reported on a new strategy to combat road rage and overly aggressive drivers - websites where bad driving behavior can be reported.
"It's just another tool to solicit the public's help in fighting aggressive driving," says Trooper Johnny Alexander, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. "We only have so many troopers out there."
Motorists in Washington can go to the state patrol's Web site and click on a link to report areas where aggressive driving is consistently a problem. They can note what kind of recklessness they've witnessed, when and how often the incidents occur, and the offenders' license plate numbers. The site received 90 reports in the first week after it was created in October, Alexander says.
Lt. Mark Hafkey of the Phoenix Police Department has also set up a couple of private sites (www.safedrivinginstitute.com and www.unsafedriver.com) where anyone can report bad driving.
Web sites let drivers flag road ragers [USA Today, Jan. 17, 2004]
• State of Washington:
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) Aggressive Driving / Road Rage FYI
Washington State Patrol Aggressive Driving-Report Form