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Police to target aggressive drivers

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On any given day in Austin, it's not hard to find drivers who speed, tailgate, or weave in and out of traffic. That's why Texas police agencies are targeting those aggressive behaviors on one of the most traveled highways in the country, Interstate-35.

Austin police are joining San Antonio and Fort Worth police departments to conduct a sting on aggressive driving this week.

So far this year, there have been 21 traffic deaths. There were only 15 the same time last year, numbers that make this initiative even more crucial.

The latest deadly wreck happened in the 9400 block of FM 2222 Sunday around 2:20 p.m. Debris and green spray paint are all that's left.

Detective Will Mercado worked the crime scene where the driver of a 2004 Pontiac Sunbird lost control.

"Two motorcycles struck his car as he was spinning out of control," Mercado said.

A 31-year-old man, the rider of an orange Harley Davidson Road King, died from his injuries. The three others survived.

Traffic fatalities are what Mercado and dozens of extra law enforcement monitoring I-35 are trying to avoid.

He's on the lookout for aggressive driving. He pulled this yellow cab over crossing a physical barrier and switching lanes at the last minute.

"Obviously if you're switching lanes and kind of jerking his wheels and swerving over to another lane, he could make contact with another vehicle or cause that vehicle to switch lanes and cause an accident," Mercado said.

The 21-year-old woman driving this white car says she was on the phone trying to get rid of a speeding ticket, when she was pulled over for speeding.

Mercado says other people sharing the roadways need to exercise common sense too.

We saw a man in a wheelchair illegally cross Airport Blvd and forced three lanes of traffic to slow down. He barely makes it across.

"He's very lucky they slowed down," Mercado said.

Transportation safety experts say there are more DWI fatalities during spring than any other time of year.

Just to be on the safe side and to avoid getting a ticket, Mercado says just slow down and be settle down.

The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks or TACT program runs through Saturday. Its funded by a federal grant.

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