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2014

FHP to Focus on Aggressive Driving by Car and Truck Drivers

Large trucks require more room. Patience is essential on the highways

dont hurryTALLAHASSEE, Fla. –There’s little doubt what can happen during a collision between a passenger car and a tractor-trailer that weighs up to 40 tons. Today, the Florida Highway Patrol will start another phase of Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), a safety campaign aimed at educating motorists on the dangers of aggressive driving when interacting with large trucks on the road.

“FHP is committed to making our highways safer and one way to accomplish that is by reducing the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles” said Colonel David H. Brierton, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “We can reduce the number of crashes if we all avoid aggressive driving behaviors and practice patience around large trucks.”

The TACT campaign runs from December 5th – 18th. Troopers will be looking for car and truck drivers who display aggressive driving behaviors such as following too closely, unsafe lane changes and speeding.

Do you drive defensively around large trucks? Protect yourself and your passengers by learning how to share the road. FHP offers these tips for driving around large trucks:

  • Avoid the No Zone. Watch for the substantial blind spots (No Zones) around large trucks.
  • Pass trucks with caution. Pass on the left side for maximum visibility and maintain constant speeds.
  • Don’t cut trucks off. Large trucks simply can’t stop as quickly as cars.
  • Practice patience and try to be predictable. Avoid making erratic driving maneuvers if a truck isn’t going as fast as you’d like.

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