Vehicle & Driver · Road rage & Aggressive driving
The reduction in incidents of road rage and aggressive driving is critical to the mission of the WSP. The preventable individual driving behaviors and decisions made by aggressive drivers can lead to loss of life and life-threatening injuries to our friends, family, and children. Our goal is to change these behaviors and outcomes through enforcement, education, and assistance.
I encourage the citizens of Washington State to review the safety tips on this Web page and adopt them into their everyday driving practices.
Chief John R. Batiste
Society is moving at a faster pace now more than ever. It is possible the increased value of time is causing us to be much more aggressive on the road, especially during commuting hours. Some drivers only see the traffic ahead of them as an obstacle to overcome at any cost. When we couple this with society's becoming accustomed to instantaneous communications, the problem becomes more pronounced. Whatever the reasons may be, this attitude can place those who share the roadway in jeopardy.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the definitions of aggressive driving and road rage are as follows:
"The commission of two or more moving violations that is likely to endanger other persons or property, or any single intentional violation that requires a defensive reaction of another driver."
"An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.
Aggressive Driving & Road Rage Symptoms
What the State Patrol Is Doing
WSP's Aggressive Driving Apprehension Team (ADAT) program is a proactive effort to locate and arrest those drivers who drive aggressively. The ADAT program uses unmarked/unconventional police vehicles equipped with mobile video cameras to detect and apprehend aggressive drivers, which is one of the Field Operations Bureau's four Core Missions:
The Commercial Vehicle Division (CVD) also uses unmarked patrol vehicles to combat aggressively driven commercial vehicles and cars driving dangerously around commercial vehicles.
What You Can Do
Aggressive driving has become a serious public safety threat across the nation. Throughout the United States, law enforcement administrators, traffic safety experts, public health officials, mayors, legislators, and governors are being enlisted to help find a solution. Yet experience has shown that significant steps to improve traffic safety in this nation are made when citizens act. The NHTSA Web site has an Aggressive Driving page that offers a toolkit for starting a grassroots effort in your community to battle aggressive driving.
Report Aggressive Drivers
State and Interstate Highways Only
Incidents in-progress should be reported immediately by calling 911.
Incidents in the past, including ongoing or reoccurring patterns of aggressive driving on state or interstate highways, should be reported to the Washington State Patrol district office responsible for that area. If you have witnessed or been a victim of an aggressive driving act, please call and provide the following information that is needed by law enforcement:
Telephone numbers for District Offices: