“LEAVE MORE SPACE AROUND BIG TRUCKS”
CAMPAIGN BEGINS MONDAY
(ATLANTA) – New traffic warning signs are in place around northeast Georgia as the Georgia Department of Public Safety prepares to launch the next wave of its Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign. The Georgia TACT Project is designed to warn drivers about the dangers they face when driving around tractor trailers.
The program is funded with a grant to the Department of Public Safety from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Law enforcement officers will conduct the GTACT project on selected interstate corridors with a goal of reducing the number of tractor trailer crashes through education and enforcement.
Law enforcement officers in Catoosa and Whitfield counties will the second week-long enforcement campaign Monday, November 8, 2010 concentrating on aggressive driving around tractor trailers. The enforcement effort is to educate motorists on driving safety, especially around the big rigs. Tractor trailers cannot stop as quickly as passenger cars and need more room to safely bring the vehicles to a stop.
Law enforcement officers in Catoosa and Whitfield counties have completed two weeks of the current six-week campaign on the Georgia Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks Program. Last week’s activity brought the total citations for this wave to 278 with 152 warnings. So far there have been 642 contacts with drivers of commercial vehicles and passenger cars. The G-TACT Program is a partnership between the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Public Safety to increase driver awareness of the dangers associated with risky driving around the large trucks. Since the enforcement began in the corridor in late October, commercial vehicles inspectors have conducted 212 safety inspections that have resulted in 151 equipment violations and 208 driver violations. Those violations have resulted in out of service orders being issued on 6 drivers and 21 trucks. The next enforcement wave will begin the week of November 29 along I-75 in the two counties.
January 24-28, 2011 marked the latest enforcement wave of the Georgia TACT program was conducted last week on I-75 in Catoosa and Whitfield counties. TACT, or Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks, combines enforcement and education to increase driver awareness of the dangers associated with risky driving behaviors around commercial motor vehicles. During the five-day effort, troopers and MCCD officers made 296 contacts that included 123 commercial vehicle inspections, 101 citations, and 72 warnings. Included in the activity were 11 citations and 22 warnings to drivers of commercial vehicles for following too closely. Of the 123 inspections, six vehicles and six drivers were placed out of service with inspections revealing 84 equipment violations and 105 driver violations.
February 7-11, 2011 marked the fifth week of the Georgia Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks Program in Catoosa and Whitfield counties concluded last week with 356 contacts. Over the five-day enforcement period, law enforcement officers issued 129 citations and 107 warnings. Commercial vehicle inspectors found 106 equipment violations and 115 drivers violations during 120 CMV inspections during the week. Five drivers and 12 vehicles were placed out of service.
February 21-25, 2011 marked the first week of the Henry-Clayton wave of the Georgia Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks Program (G-TACT) Monday along I-75 and I-675. On the first day of enforcement, law enforcement officers made 89 contacts with 47 citations, 13 warnings, and 29 commercial vehicle inspections. During the CMV inspections, officers found 84 equipment and 26 driver violations which resulted in 8 vehicles and 2 drivers being placed out of service.
March 7-11, 2011 marked the second week of the Henry/Clayton G-TACT wave was conducted last week along I-75 and I-675. Troopers and officers made 214 contacts during the week that included 103 safety inspections, 78 citations, and 33 warnings. The inspections found 163 equipment and 90 driver violations that resulted in out-of-service orders being issued on 9 vehicles and four drivers.
G-TACT, or Georgia Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks, is a partnership of the Georgia Department of Public Safety and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
March 21-25, 2011 marked the third week of the Henry/Clayton GTACT enforcement wave was completed Friday with officers making 300 contacts for the week. There were 103 citations and 54 warnings issued in the I-75/I-675 corridor and commercial vehicle inspectors conducted 143 safety inspections. Those inspections found 196 equipment violations and 124 driver violations which resulted in 15 vehicles and 8 drivers being placed out of service.
April 4 -8, 2011 Law enforcement officers in Henry and Clayton counties made 259 contacts last week while on G-TACT patrols. The week-long effort resulted in 122 citations and 21 warnings while commercial motor vehicle inspectors performed 116 safety inspections. The inspections resulted in 8 vehicles and 6 drivers being placed out-of-service.
April 18-22, 2011 Law enforcement officers in Henry and Clayton counties made 183 contacts last week while on G-TACT patrols. The week-long effort resulted in 42 citations and 11 warnings while commercial motor vehicle inspectors performed 82 safety inspections. The inspections resulted in 9 vehicles and 3 drivers being placed out-of-service.
May 2, 2011 The Fulton-Forsyth wave of the Georgia TACT program is underway this week along Georgia Highway 400. Roswell, Alpharetta, and Sandy Springs officers are joining with MCCD officers, CVEU troopers and troopers from Troops B and C for the week-long enforcement and education effort. During patrols on Monday, officers made 160 contact with 67 citations, 32 warnings, and 61 safety inspections. The corridor is from Abernathy Road to Pilgrim Mill Road and the enforcement will continue until the end of July.
June 20-24, 2011 The Fulton-Forsyth wave of the Georgia TACT program is underway this week along Georgia Highway 400. Officers participating in last week’s enforcement wave of the GTACT Program made 413 contacts for the week. There were 99 citations and 43 warnings issued during the 5-day campaign on Georgia Highway 400. There were 271 commercial vehicle inspections that resulted in 209 equipment violations and 120 driver violations. Two drivers and 18 vehicles were placed out of service.
July 11-15, 2011 Commercial vehicle inspectors issued 39 out-of-service orders on vehicles last week during the fifth week of the Georgia 400 G-TACT wave. In addition to the 39 vehicles, OOS orders were also issued on 9 commercial vehicle drivers. A total of 429 safety equipment violations and 169 driver violations were found during the five-day period. Law enforcement officers issued 110 citations and 45 warnings in the G-TACT corridor.