'Ticketing Aggressive Cars And Trucks' Campaign Starts

Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-13 18:16:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--You can bet the highways are busier than usual with people taking vacations on their spring breaks.  The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding you to drive carefully.

The department has launched its Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) safety campaign to reduce crashes between passenger and large commercial vehicles.

Beginning Firday through March 26, Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be focusing on aggressive driving. 

"Addressing aggressive driving is essential to making Florida's highways safer for everyone," said Colonel David Brierton, the director of the Florida Highway Patrol. "Aggressive driving occurs when a motorist commits two or more moving violations, such as speeding, unsafe lane changes, following too closely, not yielding the right of way, improper passing, or failure to obey traffic control devices. Any one of these behaviors is dangerous by itself, and a combination of these can be deadly."

Law enforcement officers have shared the following tips: 

* Obey posted speed limits

* Do not tailgate

* Do not change lanes without warning

* Pass on the left, not on the right

The department offers these safety tips for driving around large trucks:

* Stay out of the "no zone." Large trucks have large blind spots in front of, behind, and on both sides of the vehicle.

* Pass trucks on the left side for maximum visibility.

* Avoid cutting in too soon when passing a truck. Large trucks can't stop as quickly as other vehicles.

* Don't follow too closely behind a truck; you'll be in the rear blind spot and may rear-end the truck if it stops unexpectedly.