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Aggressive driver caught with skeleton in passenger seat

A Washington State Trooper noticed that what he originally believed was a passenger in the vehicle was actually a plastic skeleton wearing a seatbelt and a sweatshirt - Courtesy of Washington State Patrol
A Washington State Trooper noticed that what he originally believed was a passenger in the vehicle was actually a plastic skeleton wearing a seatbelt and a sweatshirt
— image credit: Courtesy of Washington State Patrol

From the Washington State Patrol:

Just after 7:30 a.m. Dec. 20, 2011, a silver Mazda was stopped for driving at 82 mph and making several unsafe lane changes on northbound I-5 near 272nd Street in Federal Way.

A Washington State Trooper noticed that what he originally believed was a passenger in the vehicle was actually a plastic skeleton wearing a seatbelt and a sweatshirt. One of the lanes that the driver had used as he aggressively worked through traffic was the HOV lane, according to the state patrol.

The driver did not have any comment for the trooper concerning his “passenger” and received a ticket for speed, unsafe lane change and the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) violation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as: "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."

In an effort to locate and arrest aggressive drivers, the Washington State Patrol uses marked patrol officers and the Aggressive Driving Apprehension Team (ADAT) program. The ADAT program uses unmarked/unconventional police vehicles equipped with mobile video cameras to detect and apprehend aggressive drivers.

 

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