In early June, the Florida Highway Patrol kicked off another phase in their campaign to prevent car and truck accidents due to aggressive driving. Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) is a safety campaign aimed at educating the general public on interacting safely with large trucks on the road. Commercial truck accidents can happen anywhere, and result in serious, potentially life threatening injuries. In order to prevent these types of accidents, the Florida Highway Patrol hopes to make motorists aware of safe driving practices to use when sharing the road with truckers, while targeting the kind of aggressive behavior that leads to car and truck crashes.
Dangers of Aggressive Driving
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) estimates that 88 percent of fatal truck and automobile accidents are due to errors on the parts of drivers. Aggressive driving is a major contributor to many of these accidents. In addition to putting drivers in danger, according to Florida state statutes, committing two or more of the following aggressive driving behaviors is also against the law:
- Following too closely;
- Unsafe lane changes;
- Speeding, or going too fast for conditions;
- Failure to yield; or
- Violating traffic controls and signals.
Florida isn’t the only state to take a tough stance against aggressive driving. As of this month, 15 states have directly addressed the issue of aggressive driving in state statutes and legislation.
Tips On Interacting Safely With Trucks
In addition to ticketing aggressive drivers, as part of their public safety campaign the Florida Highway Patrol has issued a consumer pamphlet titled ‘Share the Road Safely’ detailing what drivers need to know about sharing the road safely with trucks. Drivers are advised to:
- Stay out of the ‘No-Zone’. Truckers have huge blind spots, called No-Zones. These zones are on either side, as well as directly in front and behind the truck.
- Beware of wide right turns. Trucks often need to swing wide when making a turn, and may not be able to see you if you’re between them and the curb.
- Not drive distracted. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Often, you’ll only have second to react to a potential danger; make every moment count by giving the road your complete attention.
- Leave space for trucks. Don’t follow too closely, and if you are in front of a truck, realize a truck needs more time to brake than you do.
When encountering commercial vehicles, drivers are advised to bear in mind that these trucks provide a valuable service. They transport the majority of the goods and services we use each day. Give the men and women driving these massive machines the respect they deserve by following safe driving practices and avoiding aggressive driving.
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