Captain Monica Alexander
Government and Media Relations
(360) 596-4010 – office
(360) 596-4015 – fax
*** For Immediate Release***
Statistics from Day Two of I-405 Express Toll Emphasis
King County -- Monday marked the first full day of operation for the I-405 Express Toll Lanes. As with the previous day, Washington State Patrol troopers worked an emphasis patrol in hopes of educating commuters of the new changes involving toll lanes. Troopers stopped 58 vehicles related to toll lane violations. Three drivers received citations for HOV violations and 55 received warnings, with the majority 43) violating the restrictive lane law; crossing the double white line.
Troopers will continue to use the first several weeks educating the motorists of the changes involved in the new toll lanes with warnings and literature. The WSP wants to help commuters have a better understanding of the new rules associated with the I-405 Express Toll Lanes.
As with any traffic stop, a trooper has discretion in whether or not to issue a citation. If a trooper believes a motorist is deliberately defrauding the new toll system or driving in a manner that is not safe, a citation may be issued to the driver.
Any driver who plans to use or is confused with the new tolling system is encouraged to contact the DOT website at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Tolling/405/