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High-tech tools help curb road rage

Police in Washington state are trying to halt potentially deadly accidents caused by road rage by using high-tech tools. NBC's George Lewis reports.

Police are trying to halt potentially deadly accidents caused by road rage. In one case, which ended with a flipped over truck, officers arrested two drivers and discovered a shotgun and a knife in one of the cars.

"Both drivers were giving each other the finger and they were yelling back and forth as they swerved toward each other just prior to the collision," recalls Washington State trooper Johnny Alexander.

Now, Washington State troopers have activated a new Web site that lets people turn in the license numbers and descriptions of vehicles whose drivers are acting aggressively.

"We've had about 261 messages to our system of aggressive driving," says Capt. Jeff Devere.

The troopers plan to use the information to concentrate their forces in the areas where most of the aggressive driving occurs. Drivers turned in by their fellow motorists will get letters of warning — no tickets.

"We cannot take enforcement action unless we actually see the violation," says Devere.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) warns motorists not to be a reckless vigilante in their eagerness to turn in other drivers.

"We don't want you to do something dangerous to try to document the behavior of someone else dangerous," says AAA spokesman Justin McNaull.

In their battle against aggressive driving, state troopers have another weapon in their arsenal — a fleet of 40 unmarked vehicles that are especially equipped with video cameras so they can catch the violators on tape.

Jim Correll is one of the troopers assigned to "ADAT," the Aggressive Drivers Apprehension Team.

"We're looking for two or more moving violations, like speed, improper lane changes, following too close," says Correll.

And Correll sees plenty of that. He says that kind of driving can quickly escalate into road rage or potentially fatal accidents.

That's why troopers are also in a hurry — to halt aggressive driving and road rage, with the help of some new high-tech tools.