Wa. Drivers Can Report Road Rage By E-Mail


Washington State motorists can go the Web site of the state highway patrol and report highway aggressors to law enforcement officers who will do more than simply add such information to a database, the Christian Science Monitor reports. “If it’s an isolated incident, we’ll send a letter to the vehicle’s registered owner, telling them to cut it out,” says Trooper Johnny Alexander. “If we’re receiving multiple reports of the same vehicle, we might go and pay that person a visit.”

Some worry that the e-mail reporting system will be abused by people who make fraudulent reports. “My first reaction is that it’s little weird,” says Wendy Lippmann, a small-business owner who says she drives her new Volkswagen Jetta assertively, not aggressively. “In a way, it’s asking citizens to be snitches. I guess there have been times when I’ve seen someone driving like an idiot and I’ve wanted to turn them in. But it’s like having spy cameras everywhere.” Then there’s the logistical problem of reading the culprit’s license plate. “Have you ever tried to make out a license number in that situation?” asks Susan Balshor, a Seattle designer. “If you’re going to successfully read an aggressive driver’s license plate you’re going to have to drive aggressively to do it. How safe is that?”

Link: http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2004/1228/p03s01-ussc.html

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