NHP troopers will start riding in an unmarked 18-wheeler in an attempt to stop aggressive driving. Their purpose is to identify vehicles that commit aggressive and hazardous traffic violations, such as cutting off trucks, tailgating, speeding, and driving under the influence. The on-board trooper is then able to radio information to the troopers who are ready to pull over drivers committing moving or crash-causing violations.
The new tactic is part of the Nevada Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (NTACT) Traffic Safety and Enforcement Program. NTACT is an ongoing traffic safety campaign designed by the Nevada Department of Transportation, the Nevada Department of Public Safety, and officials from the trucking industry.
NHP says approximately 80 percent of the 5,000-plus deaths related to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents are caused by non-CMV drivers. Nevada's Clark County is considered a "high accident corridor" for CMV collisions and is responsible for over two-thirds of all CMV crashes in the state. They hope the program will put a stop to this.