The Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division begins a two-week enforcement blitz today targeting aggressive driving behaviors.
One of the areas identified is along Interstate 65 in Hardin County where a fatal crash occurred last week. It was one of the areas selected based on state crash data which indicated the highest number of crashes reported over a two-year period.
The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks campaign focuses on violations by motorists – both passenger car and commercial vehicles – who exhibit aggressive behaviors such as improper lanes changes, speeding, following too closely, not leaving enough space to pass and failure to yield the right-of-way.
TACT uses a combination of high visibility messaging and targeted enforcement in selected high-risk traffic areas to reduce highway deaths and injuries.
Maj. Nathan Day, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division director, said the campaign is designed to educate in addition to enforce.
“Crashes between commercial vehicles and passenger cars often result in serious or fatal injuries,” Day said in a news release. “Along with high visibility enforcement, we will use media outreach to educate drivers, including radio, digital and social media messaging.”
Other areas targeted for enforcement are U.S. 41 in Henderson County, Interstate 75 in Kenton County and in Laurel County and U.S. 23.
TACT enforcement and public information efforts are funded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
“It’s not about writing tickets,” Day said. “It’s about saving lives and at the end of the day, we want everyone to make it home safely.”