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State Route 240 Ranks 3rd in WA for Speeders

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RICHLAND, Wash-- A Tri-City highway comes in third for the most aggressive driving in the state.  Twenty-six percent of drivers on State Route 240 between Kennewick and Richland are driving over the speed limit.

The DOT just released a state speed data sheet. It ranks SR 240 between Columbia Center Blvd. and George Washington Way among the highest in the state for speeders.
State Patrol says they make several aggressive driving stops on the highway each day. Aggressive driving is when a driver makes two or more traffic violations. 

On a ride-along today a trooper stopped a speeder who made 3 violations and ended up with a 900 dollar ticket. They say 240 has this problem because it's flat and four lanes making it easy to speed on.

"What we've been doing lately is working an emphasis patrol, placing troopers down in this section of the highway and really being a visual deterrent so we're working speeding violations, as well as aggressive driving," said Chris Thorson, WA State Trooper.

Another problem troopers say is safety when they are pulling cars over. They want drivers who see police on the side of the road to switch lanes, moving away from the patrol car. This applies to four lane highways like 240.