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FHP to Focus on Aggressive Driving by Car and Truck Drivers

Big trucks need more room. Practice patience on the highways

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –There’s little doubt what can happen when a passenger car collides with a tractor- trailer that is 80 feet long and weighs up to 20 tons. Such a crash can easily turn deadly. Today, the Florida Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers will start another phase of Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), a safety campaign aimed at educating motorist on the danger of aggressive driving when interacting with large trucks on the road.

“FHP is committed to making our highways safer and one way to do that is by reducing the number of commercial vehicle related crashes” said Lt. Col. Kelly Hildreth, deputy director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Most crashes involving trucks involve driver error by both the car and truck driver.  We can reduce crashes if we all share the roadways and avoid aggressive driving behaviors and practice patience around big trucks.”

The TACT campaign runs from July 18-31. Troopers will be looking for car and truck drivers who display aggressive behavior, such as following too closely, unsafe lane changes and speeding.

Do you drive defensively around big trucks?  Protect yourself and your passengers by learning how to share the road. FHP offers these tips for driving around large trucks:

  • Stay out of the No Zone: Watch for the huge blind spots (No Zones) around large trucks.
  • Pass trucks with caution: Pass on the left side for maximum visibility and maintain a constant speed.
  • Don’t cut trucks off. Large trucks simply can’t stop as quickly as cars.
  • Practice patience. Try to be predictable. Avoid making erratic moves if a truck isn’t going as fast as you’d like.For more information about TACT and FHP’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement, visit: http://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/

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