Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP asks motorist to 'Leave More Space'
Date of News Release: 10/28/2010
(Frankfort, Ky.) (Oct. 28, 2010) -- The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division kicked off the 2010 Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign today in an effort to crackdown on motorists driving recklessly around commercial trucks and on trucks violating traffic laws. The first wave of the campaign will run through December and focus on routes heavily traveled by commercial trucks throughout the Commonwealth.
KSP will partner with Louisville Metro Police Department, Lexington Police Department and Boone County Sheriff's Office to accelerate the implementation of the campaign.
"We are determined to reduce both fatal and non-fatal crashes on our highways," said KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "Our agency will work alongside local law enforcement partners to provide increased patrols where commercial truck crashes are predominant."
Officers will look for aggressive driving behaviors such as following too close; unsafe lane changes; speeding and not leaving enough space when passing large trucks.
Brewer said that most people simply don't understand the dangers of big-rigs.
"A car traveling 80 miles per hour only needs 160 feet to stop," explained Brewer. "A commercial truck driving at that same rate of speed behind that car would take somewhere between 800 and 1200 feet to stop."
"Highway safety is a shared responsibility. This enforcement blitz will boost efforts to prevent tragedies on Kentucky's main arteries of transportation and serve as a reminder that all motorists need to think about their driving habits each time they get behind the wheel," added Brewer.
The TACT program is funded and administered through the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA). Kentucky joins Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington as one of the FMCSA selected states for the TACT project.
Crash statistics from KSP indicate that 70 percent of fatal crashes involving large trucks are caused by passenger vehicles. Last year Kentucky had over 8,000 crashes involving commercial vehicles resulting in 114 deaths.
Brewer said Education is a key component to the success of the campaign.
"Public service announcements, radio spots, specially-wrapped trailers, road signs, fuel pump advertising and social media will all be used to convey the safe driving messages for TACT," remarked Brewer.
"For motorists who travel Kentucky interstates each day, a crash involving a tractor trailer can cause extensive travel delays, especially when the crash is fatal for a driver or passengers. We want to reduce travel delays by reducing the number of crashes between passenger cars and commercial vehicles," he noted.
Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.