Nearly 3,000 Vehicles Stopped During Three-Month TACT Program

Contact: Melody Kindraka, OHSP, 517-241-1522
Agency: State Police

Officers from six West Michigan law enforcement agencies stopped nearly 3,000 vehicles and issued more than 2,500 traffic citations during the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program last October, November and December.

The majority of the citations were for following too close and speeding. Approximately 14 percent of those cited were commercial motor vehicle drivers.

"This is the first time for the TACT program in Michigan and for law enforcement focused solely on encouraging safer driving for trucks and passenger vehicles," said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). "The project received outstanding support from members of the trucking industry who understand the importance of educating both commercial vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers about safe driving around trucks."

The TACT program combined outreach and education with enforcement activities focused on aggressive driving around trucks. Participating officers were on the lookout for violations by both passenger vehicle and truck drivers such as improper lane use, careless and reckless driving, speeding, following too close and failure to yield the right of way.

Enforcement took place on U.S. 131 and I-196 in Kent and Ottawa counties. The Grand Rapids area was selected after a review of crash data by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) showed high crash rates associated with aggressive behavior.

OHSP supported the TACT program with funds from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Michigan Truck Safety Commission. The participating agencies included the Michigan State Police, Kent and Ottawa county sheriff offices and Grand Rapids, Walker and Wyoming police departments.

In the coming months, UMTRI will review the number of crashes and study the level of public awareness about safe driving around trucks to determine the overall impact of the project.

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