The Washington State Patrol is targeting drivers of cars who drive unsafely around large commercial trucks. The Patrol reports that, in Washington, between 2005 and 2007 there were almost 5000 commercial truck accidents. Statistics show that the car driver was at-fault in two-thirds of the accidents resulting in 175 fatalities and 450 injuries. The Patrol says that drivers need to leave space for trucks and learn ways to share the road.
Chief John R. Batiste of the Washington State Patrol says:
“Motorists who drive recklessly, or are unsafe around these big rigs, are asking for trouble. When a car and a commercial vehicle are involved in a collision, the car will lose.”
Given these statistics, the Patrol has a worked with other law enforcement agencies to create the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Truck (TACT) project. The patrol, in an effort to reduce accidents, are trying increase the public’s awareness of unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles. These behaviors include:
- cutting off trucks
- failure to yield the right of way
- aggressive driving
The Patrol launches the TACT enforcement periods from July 13-24 and September 14-25, 2009. They are targeting routes in Western Washington along State Route 8 and State Route 12. In Eastern Washington, along State Route 2.
The TACT project is a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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