Officers from six law enforcement agencies will conduct Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program enforcement on U.S. 131 and I-196 in Kent and Ottawa counties December 2-13. They will look 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.
During this time, Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) freeway message boards in West Michigan will feature a reminder to Leave More Space for Trucks.
“Michigan motorists regularly check MDOT freeway message boards for drive times, road closures and traffic updates. For the next two weeks, West Michigan drivers will also see a truck safety message,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP). “The public information and enforcement activities are part of our efforts to reduce truck-involved crashes and fatalities.”
Passenger vehicle drivers can reduce their risk of being involved in a crash with a large truck by:
• Allowing one car length for every 10 miles of speed when changing lanes in front of a truck.
• Maintaining speed when passing to avoid driving in blind spots.
• Avoiding tailgating.
• Allowing large trucks plenty of room when entering the highway or merging with traffic.
The TACT program combines outreach, education and evaluation with enforcement efforts to promote safe driving around trucks and reduce the number of truck-related traffic crashes, fatalities and serious injuries. OHSP is supporting the TACT program with funds from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Michigan Truck Safety Commission dedicated for this purpose. This is the first time this type of program has been conducted in Michigan.
The participating agencies include the Michigan State Police, Kent and Ottawa county sheriff offices and Grand Rapids, Walker and Wyoming police departments. TACT program patrols are in addition to regularly scheduled shifts.
Notices about traffic updates, road closures and drive times take precedence on MDOT freeway message boards. Leave More Space for Trucks will be displayed when there are no other priority messages.
This project is part of Michigan’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in February.