In an effort to teach motorists and truck drivers how to share the road, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) announced that its Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program will be stringently enforced through the end of this month. The program was announced Friday at the Daytona International Speedway by the FHP along with commercial vehicle leaders, according to a report in the Daytona Beach New-Leader.
FHP Capt. Derek Barrs said state troopers will be monitoring major roadways and highways Feb. 27-29 for motorists following tractor-trailers too closely. FHP will also be cracking down on truckers driving too aggressively, he said. “This is not just a car or truck issue, it’s both.”
Barrs said the main lesson for people driving on Florida roads is to learn how to share it. “Cutting in too close to a truck could cut your life short,” he warned.
Florida Trucking Assn. spokesman Mark Shallars alerted motorists to be aware of large tractor-trailer blind spots and aware of the fact that semis have a tough time maneuvering on the road when hauling large loads.
“We believe through education, defensive driving and courtesy we can reduce accidents,” he said.
According to FHP spokeswoman Kim Montes, officials will be posting billboards and electronic messages to raise awareness about aggressive driving.