A two-day sting near the I-5/217 interchange targeting aggressive drivers netted 216 traffic stops and 163 citations, deputies said.
The operation was conducted by deputies with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Transportation.
An ODOT semi truck travelled up and down a roughly seven-mile stretch of Interstate 5 near the Highway 217 interchange as deputies, who were driving nearby, watched how drivers interacted with it.
“Overall, we’re looking for aggressive driving patterns; following too close, dangerous lane changes, un-signaled lane changes, cutting trucks off - things of that nature,” said Sgt. Tim Tennenbaum. “If you’re involved in a crash with a truck, the potential for injury is much, much more significant.”
The most common citations issued during the sting were for thing like: following too closely, making unsafe lane changes and speeding, according to deputies. A citation comes with a fine of $260.
While KGW cameras rolled, one driver was pulled over for making four different unsafe, unsignaled lane changes.
Deputies hope the tickets help curb aggressive driving, which they says is often to blame for accidents.
“The biggest concern is, aggressive driving causes crashes and crashes cause injury and death on our highways,” Tennenbaum said.