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Highway Patrol to target aggressive drivers

Posted February 18, 2010

— The state Highway Patrol has launched a seven-month crackdown on aggressive driving, saying such behavior leads to thousands of wrecks and dozens of deaths each year.

Operation Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks, or TACT, will focus on commercial truck drivers and people driving recklessly around commercial trucks. Various locations across the state were selected for the enforcement effort, based on crash data and the large number of commercial motor vehicles and cars that travel there.

“The Highway Patrol is responding to the increase of big truck crashes on our highways,” Col. Randy Glover, commander of the Highway Patrol, said in a statement. “We are going to make the highways as safe as possible. I have instructed our troopers to aggressively crack down on cars driving recklessly around big trucks and on commercial motor vehicles violating traffic laws. Motorists should remember not to press their luck, and leave room for trucks.”

Troopers investigated more than 4,800 crashes statewide last year that involved commercial trucks. Ninety people were killed and 1,433 injured in crashes involving motor carrier vehicles last year.

Operation TACT, which runs through September, is the first campaign to concentrate solely on people driving aggressively around commercial motor vehicles. Troopers will ticket speeders, tailgaters and others exhibiting aggressive driving.

“Trucks need extra time and extra space to change lanes or come to a complete stop. By giving trucks the room they need, we can prevent crashes and save lives," Reuben Young, Secretary of the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, said in a statement. "Sharing the road safely is every driver’s responsibility.”


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  • gocanes09 Feb 18, 2010

    It would be quite a help if some sort of educational information with driving tips was offered for folks who committ most of these offenses. The slow left lane drivers and the ones who ride side by side with the slow car in the right lane need some help understanding the rules of the road. I would love to see them ticket some of the truck drivers who get in the left lane and ride beside another truck. That's always fun to have 2 vehicles riding in front of you tossing debris from the road onto your hood and windshield.

    Also, maybe they could convince the troopers to at least go the speed limit on the Interstates. I love it when a trooper decides he wants to talk on his cell phone and go 65 in a 70 zone. People absolutely will not pass them and it causes traffic issues as well. I pass them all the time doing 72-75 and never have any problems. Some of them are worse drivers than the people they ticket every day.

    I bet most of those praising this so highly are left lane regs.

  • Th3 Postm4n Feb 18, 2010

    Another problem is the fact that most of the people commenting and reading these posts are not the problem, it's the million others who are oblivious to everything but American Idol, Crack, and they are probably thinking about when they can take their next salary advance.

  • christopherjhahn2 Feb 18, 2010

    Roving Tax Collectors

  • Th3 Postm4n Feb 18, 2010

    @Unbroken, yeah there's no direct correlation between prayer and speeding, it's the principles that you take from religion and how you apply those to your life including how you drive. For instance, you may turn the other cheek, or let someone over in front of you even though they cut you off. You must be brilliant. Secondly, the rules of the road have changed, without anyone knowing. The left lane now means the "I'm cruising, purposely blocking people behind me, go around me lane," while the right lane is now the "I woke up 2 hours early for work so I could drive the exact speed limit or slower and I have no life lane," the shoulder is now where people pull over to do mechanical work, since it's safe now... A major problem with this is that half of the population grew up here and knew the rules and the other half moved here with no concept of rules of the road. Driving here (Raleigh) is like paddling a boat in the desert.

  • kbo80 Feb 18, 2010

    Citizens need to be able to ticket drivers that pull out slow in front of someone that clearly has some speed and is driving wide open. Don't pull out in front of someone going 60 and you are doing 35. That is suicide. Oh and merge into traffic with some speed when you see that it is clear. And if you are going to pass someone go instead of riding beside them. And don't pass someone at 80 then drop down to 70 causing them to then have to pass you. Can they look for that too? I could go on and on forever with this but, I won't.

  • kbo80 Feb 18, 2010

    They should have been doing this any way. Is there not enough money in the budget to have highway patrol on the highway?

    thatsgreat "My favorite ones are the people who go under the speed limit in the left lane." They are my favorite too and then do not want to get over. They need to target them too. If you are going to do 60 then get to the right.

  • 007KnightRider Feb 18, 2010

    They need to ticket folks who drive slow in the left lane when the right lane is completely empty. I see this all the time. Every time I see an opening I move to the right expecting smooth sailing but low and behold a car that is one ahead jumps in the right lane at the same time causing me to slow down. I mean you were just in the left lane and then you jump in front of me. That just burns me up!!

  • Unbroken Feb 18, 2010

    "I guess that should not surprise me. We take God out of school and everywhere else the ACLU can get rid of him-well, you know where this is going. Spirituality teaches respect for others. Hummm-get it yet???"

    So there is a direct correlation between taking prayer out of schools and speeding? Okaaaaaay.

  • jgimondo Feb 18, 2010

    They need to start ticketing the truckers that are going 60 in the left lane, passing the truck going 55 in the right lane, while traffic backs up behind them. That's WHY people are trying to get around the truckers...

  • The Fox Feb 18, 2010

    [Georgia has started ticketing drivers that go under the speed limit in the left lane. It might be a great idea if NC strted doing this as part of the TACT campaign.]A big AMEN!