KSP Highway Safety Branch
Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release
KSP Kicks Off 'Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks' Enforcement Campaign
Date of News Release: 10/07/08
(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer along with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a major enforcement blitz. The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign kicks off this month and will address hostile driving behavior between commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and motorists.
"Research shows that most crashes involving a commercial vehicle and a motorist could be avoided if drivers knew how to steer clear of unsafe situations," said Brewer. "With this campaign, we hope to increase awareness of safer driving practices and make a positive change in the risky driving behaviors of motorists. All of which will lead to fewer crashes, fatalities and injuries on Kentucky roadways."
Statistics in recent years for Kentucky show approximately 72 percent of all CMV's involved fatal crashes are caused by a non-CMV driver. Beginning this month and running throughout the year, law enforcement officers will be focusing enforcement efforts in some of Kentucky's most dangerous interstate corridors where commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles historically crash. Violations including excessive speeding, improper lane changing, reckless driving and not leaving sufficient space around all vehicles will be strictly enforced.
"This operation will provide another great opportunity to partner with FMCSA, local law enforcement agencies and the trucking industry," remarked Brewer.
Boone County Sheriff's office and Lexington Police Department will be participating in the TACT enforcement blitz in the I-75 corridor.
Law enforcement agencies are working together along with judicial, industry and safety representatives to educate drivers on the effects of unsafe driving. This project will focus on violations by all drivers in two of the worst CMV-involved crash corridors in Kentucky.
David Leddy, TACT Program Coordinator for KSP, provided a summary of the programs' success during the 2007 year.
"The TACT program has been operating for the past year on I-75 in Northern Kentucky and on I-65 south of Louisville in Jefferson and Bullitt counties. During that period the participating agencies increased citations written for moving violations in the enforcement corridors by 45 percent over the previous year," said Leddy.
"Injury collisions involving CMV's decreased 36 percent in the I-75 enforcement corridor and 45 percent on the I-65 enforcement corridor during the past year, compared to the previous three-year average," added Leddy.
Leddy advised that the TACT program will continue to operate in these corridors over the coming year.
The 2008 kick-off blitz begins a second year of the grant with additional enforcement corridors on I-75 in Central Kentucky in Fayette, Madison, and Scott counties, from mile marker 76 at Berea to mile marker 129 at Georgetown. There will also be a new enforcement corridor north and south of Elizabethtown on I-65 in Hardin, Hart, and Larue counties, from mile marker 58 at Horse Cave to mile marker 105 at Lebanon Junction.
The two-week blitz periods in each new corridor are to occur in October, February, and September. There will be a day of increased enforcement scheduled each week between the blitz periods.
This program is provided through grant funds received from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP).
Pamela Rice, administrator of the Kentucky Division of FMCSA stated, "The TACT program addresses unsafe driving behaviors and reminds us why such behaviors around large trucks necessitate extra care. More so than cars, large trucks need extra room to maneuver and stop. When you give them the space they need, tragedy can be adverted and lives can be saved. It is each driver's responsibility to drive safely, courteously, and to follow the rules of the road."