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KSP asks motorists to 'Leave More Space'

Date of News Release: 11/15/2011

(Pineville, Ky.) -- The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Division kicked off the 2012 Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign today by distributing free safety decals to trucking companies to remind drivers to 'Leave More Space' when maneuvering around large trucks. The reflective decals are 18" x 24" and depict a car properly passing a commercial vehicle.

The TACT program is a national campaign that's runs from Nov 17, 2011 through Sept 30, 2012 to crackdown on motorists driving recklessly around commercial trucks and also on truck drivers who violate traffic laws.

The KSP CVE Division will simultaneously host six 'kick off' events in each enforcement region of the state. CVE Region 6 will host its kick off event at Floyd County Weigh Scale Facility on Thursday at 9AM. Reflective safety decals will be provided for the first 100 trucks.

CVE Division Director, Lt. Col. Jack Miniard said that the TACT campaign incorporates enforcement with education in an effort to reduce commercial vehicle related crashes on major highways.

"This is a great opportunity for our agency to reach out to both trucking companies and the general public with an educational message that has far reaching potential," says Miniard.

"No doubt enforcement is key to successfully implementing this program, but we feel that the educational component would be a more effective way to initiate this campaign."

Members of the media are invited to attend the kick off events which include ride-alongs, and inspection demonstrations.

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.

Miniard 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 Miniard. "A commercial truck driving at that same rate of speed behind that car would take somewhere between 800 and 1200 feet to stop."

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 8,564 crashes involving commercial vehicles resulting in 93 deaths.

"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 decreasing the number of crashes between passenger cars and commercial vehicles," adds Miniard.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 or Kentucky State Police Post 9 Pikeville at (606)-433-7711. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

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