Aggressive driving gets attention from troopers with TACT on I-81
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Since Monday, Pennsylvania state police have been cracking down on unsafe driving along Interstate 81 in Cumberland and Dauphin counties.
Pennsylvania is the fifth state to participate in TACT, or Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks.
In 2006, more than 4,000 people died on the nation's highways in crashes with commercial vehicles. In two-thirds of those wrecks, passenger vehicles were deemed to have been at fault, state police said. THE TARGETED ZONE
The enforcement blitz continues for two weeks in the 33 miles between the Newville exit and the split with Interstate 83 in Lower Paxton Twp. Another is planned for November. WHY THERE?
Because of the high volume of truck traffic and crashes that have involved trucks.
From 2003 through 2007, heavy trucks were involved in 382 crashes, according to state Department of Transportation figures. In 331 of those wrecks, the prime factor was assigned to an automobile.
Overall, there were 1,172 crashes in the zone that claimed 21 lives. WHAT TROOPERS LOOK FOR
Tailgating, speeding, not signaling turns and failing to yield the right of way are behaviors that could lead to a ticket. Troopers are watching motorists and truckers.
"Enforcement goes both ways on this one," said Trooper Karl Schmidhamer, spokesman for Troop H.
-- Frank Cozzoli, The Patriot-News