Web Sites Let Drivers Flag Road Ragers

This article reports that law enforcement officers in Arizona and Washington state are asking the public to report observed reckless driving online. This is perhaps the newest strategy to deal with the problems of aggressive driving that joins the more conventional methods such as education campaigns and police crackdowns. In Washington state, the motorists can go to the state police Web site and report where aggressive driving is a recurring problem, or they can report the license plate numbers of the offenders. In Arizona, a Phoenix police lieutenant has started his own Web site to allow people to lodge complaints about bad drivers. More than 1,000 people from at least 25 states have made complaints. For an annual fee of $24.99 motorists can receive e-mails notifying them if their car is reported; they can also rebut complaints made about them. This Phoenix, Arizona site is a private business and is not affiliated with the Phoenix Police Department. A spokesperson for AAA, the motorists' club, questions whether people might use such Web sited to falsely accuse someone. Lt. Hafkey, the Phoenix police Officer says that police have to rely on eyewitness reports all the time; the Web site asks for details about the incident; and the site states that it is against the law to make fraudulent complaints.

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  • Accession Number: 01005840
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2005 4:48PM