By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
Indiana State Police will be cracking down on aggressive drivers starting Sunday.
ISP announced Friday that it will participate in the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign, a federal campaign started by the Department of Transportation and designed to reduce the number of crashes caused by road rage.
The program will last until June 8.
“We want to remind everyone that traffic safety is a continuing partnership between the public, commercial transportation and law enforcement,” said Captain Mike Eslinger of the state police.
State police hope to deter unsafe driving and will be specifically targeting motorists who drive dangerously around semi-trailer trucks and other commercial vehicles. Unsafe lane changes, failure to yield right-of-ways and following too closely will be the focuses of the campaign.
Local agencies will often participate in programs like TACT, but only when they’re national campaigns that receive federal or state funding. Anderson Police Department spokesman Chad Boynton said the extra funding from national campaigns allows local departments to give officers overtime so they can focus on unsafe driving.
Even if they’re not receiving extra funds, APD officers often make safety issues like aggressive driving a focus. Boynton said there are daily roll call meetings where officers pass on concerns to the next shift. If APD receives complaints about unsafe drivers, they’ll try to address it specifically.
“We try to center what we do around information we receive from residents,” Boynton said.
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Safe driving tips
• Allow plenty of space between you and a commercial motor vehicle. Drivers should allow one car length between their vehicle and a commercial motor vehicle for every 10 mph of travel, or follow at least three to four seconds behind the semi.
• Stay out of the truck driver’s blind spot. If you can’t see the mirrors on the truck, the driver can’t see you.
• Make safe lane changes around commercial motor vehicles. Use signals and leave plenty of space between you and a truck. It can take over 500 feet for a fully-loaded truck going 65 mph to come to a complete stop.
• Yield the right of way to commercial motor vehicles.
Source: Indiana State Police