Olympia, WA., For four weeks this summer, Washington State Patrol, along with county and local law enforcement agencies, will be out making sure car and truck drivers are behaving themselves around each other. During the months of July and September, Washington State Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies, will participate in the 2009 Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Truck (TACT) project that will focus on how drivers can share the road safely with commercial motor vehicles on rural routes instead of the interstate.
In Washington, between 2005 and 2007, commercial vehicles were involved in nearly 5000 collisions. On rural roads, the driver of the car was at fault two-thirds of the time, causing the deaths of 175 people, and another 450 people were injured.
"Motorists who drive recklessly, or are unsafe around these big rigs, are asking for trouble," said Chief John R. Batiste, Washington State Patrol. "When a car and a commercial vehicle are involved in a collision, the car will lose."