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KSP Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks

Date of News Release: 09/09/2009

An image of CVE  Lt. Brandon Eggen making a traffic stop in the enforcement region, click here to enlarge in a new window(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Drivers in Kentucky can expect to see heightened enforcement on Interstates 65 and 75 over the next few weeks. The KSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Division launched the final of three waves planned for the 'Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks' (TACT) campaign.

Officers will be on the road, looking for drivers who show risky driving behavior around big rigs. Enforcement corridors include north and south-bound lanes on Interstate 75 (I-75), ranging from exit 76 through 129 and Interstate 65 (I-65) from exit 58 through 94. Counties targeted by the TACT campaign include Bullitt, Fayette, Hart, Madison and Scott.

This span of interstate was selected based on crash data. Over the past three years, commercial motor vehicles have been involved in 300 fatal crashes statewide.

Lt. Col. Mitch Bailey, Division Commander for CVE, said that most people simply don't understand the dangers of big-rigs.

"A car traveling 80 miles per hour only needs 160 feet to stop," explained Bailey. "A commercial truck driving at that same rate of speed behind that car would take somewhere between 800 and 1200 feet to stop."

Crash statistics from KSP indicate that CMV crashes during this 2008-09 campaign period are down 24 percent in the I-65 TACT corridor and 16 percent in the I-75 corridor. More importantly, the success in both TACT corridors shows a reduction of six highway fatalities from the same time period in 2007.

"Highway safety is a shared responsibility. This enforcement blitz will boost efforts to prevent tragedies on Kentucky's main arteries of transportation and serve as a reminder that all motorists need to think about their driving habits each time they get behind the wheel," added Bailey.

TACT Program Coordinator, David Leddy, said motorists will see new signage on Kentucky's highways to help drive home the important message of leaving more space when passing and maneuvering around large trucks.

"The signs are easy to read and their message is simple: Leaving more space between you and a commercial motor vehicle will ensure safer travel and provide less opportunity to get a ticket," said Leddy.

Leddy indicated that federal grant funds from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration were used to purchase the new signs. Scheduled TACT enforcement dates for this final blitz will run through September 30, 2009.

Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555 (in the state of Kentucky only, does not work out of state). Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.

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