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2014

Slow Down, Be Patient, Save a Life

Aggressive driving is dangerous driving

dont hurryTALLAHASSEE, Fla. –Passenger vehicles and tractor trailers share Florida’s highways every day, but too often   aggressive driving habits result in deadly crashes between the two. Today, the Florida Highway Patrol is launching one of its Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) safety campaigns aimed at educating drivers of passenger vehicles and commercial trucks about the dangers of aggressive driving.

“Confronting the aggressive habits of drivers, whether they are in a car or a large truck, is essential to making Florida’s highways safer to travel,” says Lt. Col. Troy Thompson, Deputy Director of the Florida Highway Patrol’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau. “If all motorists exercise patience and caution, avoid aggressive driving behaviors and remain alert, we can reduce the number of crashes that occur on our state’s roads.”

The latest TACT campaign runs from September 12th – 25th. Troopers will be looking for car and truck drivers who display aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, following too closely, and unsafe lane changes.

FHP offers these tips for driving around large trucks:

  • Stay out of the No Zone. Watch for the extensive 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 other vehicles.
  • 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 Vehicle Enforcement, visit: https://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/

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