The goal of this year's TACT Project is to change driver behavior when operating around commercial motor vehicles, to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities on our state's roadways, and to increase public awareness about unsafe driving behaviors around commercial vehicles (i.e. cutting off trucks, tailgating, failure to yield right of way, speeding, and aggressive driving).
"However, this isn't only about automobile drivers," Batiste added. "Troopers and other police officers assigned to TACT will also be watching for truck drivers who don't share the road."
The two two-week enforcement periods are from July 13 – 24, and September 14 – 25, 2009. The routes for the TACT projects will happen simultaneously in western Washington along State Route 8 and State Route 12 between Elma and Aberdeen, and in eastern Washington along State Route 2 north of Spokane.
Law Enforcement will also be partnering with the Washington Trucking Association (WTA) during the TACT program. WTA will provide a truck and driver during the emphasis with an officer riding in the vehicle spotting violations that happen around the vehicle. Along with the truck, the WSP aircraft will take to the sky during each two-week period looking for unsafe drivers around trucks.
The 2009 TACT project is a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The grant is part of a program directed by Congress in 2004 to educate passenger car drivers on how to share the roadway safely with commercial vehicles.