New web site takes aim; bad drivers beware

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Ahh....the perils of East Texas driving. So, what annoys you the most?

"Other drivers, I would say," said Tony Legrow who said he drives about 3,000 miles each month. "Not paying attention when the light turns green."

"People pulling out in front of you and then driving slow," said Rena Pettigrew. "I can't stand it."

"The speeding...them riding my tail," said Sarah Kirby.

"The center lane...where you get into that to turn across traffic...people using that to merge," said Legrow.

"Or people talking on their cell phones...that's the worst thing," said Pettigrew.

"That ticks me off...that ticks me off," said Kirby.

But what can you do about it?

"It ain't really too much you can do," said Pettigrew.

"I can break check 'em," said Kirby.

Or tell the world about them. Platewire began in 2006. The web site allows drivers in all 50 states and D.C. to vent their road-rage frustrations. Simply choose a state and search for a plate number. Users can blog about everything they see bad drivers do, when and where they do it.

"Slow down, the beer and cigarettes at the corner grocery can wait," Suzi Stein with "Pay Attention East Texas" read a comment from the Platewire web site.

She says bad driving habits here in East Texas attributes to an 86% higher rate of death or injury. We drove by an accident while researching this story. When we first showed Stein the web site, she was skeptical.

"You're just airing your views," she said. "You're not correcting the problem. The people that they're complaining about never read this."

But after perusing the site Stein had a change of heart.

"Raising awareness might be good," she said.

That's the goal web site creators have in mind. To make the roads safer. In the meantime East Texas drivers have to fend for themselves.

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