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And not only for the reasons that you usually try to avoid them whenever possible.

Alabama State Troopers have begun a safe driving campaign, and they say there is no telling where you might see troopers.

“We’re going to get out and use 18-wheelers to help us out in terms of locating some of these drivers,” Trooper Curtis Summerville told WBRC.

The new road campaign is called Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks, or TACT.

Some of the things that cause crashes, and that troopers will be looking for are:

  • Following too closely
  • Distracted driving
  • Cutting people off
  • Improper lane usage
  • Other aggressive and unsafe driving habits

Here’s how it works: A trooper will ride shotgun in the 18-wheeler; he’s the “spotter”. When he spots a bad driver, he’ll radio another trooper in the vicinity. That trooper will make the stop.

During the most recent holiday weekend, July 4th, Alabama State Troopers investigated 237 crashes resulting in 10 deaths and 123 injuries.

According to the trucking industry, about 70-percent of all crashes involving 18-wheelers and other commercial big rigs involve drivers of passenger vehicles. Most of these accidents occur when the driver of the car or small truck attempts to get around the rig or completely cut it off.

Safety advocates argue that the number of highway crashes caused by 18-wheelers is far greater than 30-percent. Regardless, stopping bad driving before a crash, which is the reason for this campaign, is the ultimate goal.

Operation TACT is a joint effort by the Alabama Department of Public Safety and the Alabama Trucking Association. The statewide campaign will be conducted on busy interstate roadways, especially those with high crash rates. Its focus is to reduce deadly crashes and save lives.



WBRC Birmingham

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