Troopers Ticketing Aggressive Driving
This week state troopers began cracking down on those driving aggressively, especially around large trucks.
The campaign is called ticketing aggressive cars and trucks, also known as TACT.
Byron Lewis of Texas usually drives this 80,000 pound truck back and forth across the country. While he is traveling on interstates like I-75, Lewis said he is always looking out for aggressive drivers.
"They will come all the way from the far left and take the next exit and just cut you off," said Lewis.
For the past 22 years Lewis has driven trucks and said he's never been involved in an accident, but said he's come pretty close.
"We try to brake to and look for a way out with spacing and that usually saves us," said Lewis.
Lance Swearingen who is a truck driver everyday he sees motorists texting, eating, reading and using tablets while traveling more than 70 miles per hour on I-75.
"People are driving down the road and they are in their own little world and they are not paying attention to what's going on outside their car," said Swearingen.
Fed up with aggressive drivers, many truck drivers have turned to dash cameras as a way to protect themselves.
"What it does it it records you going down the road an if there is an accident it'll actually show sometimes who is at fault. Whether it's you or the vehicle involved," said Lewis.
This week troopers will be the ones on the lookout.
"Aggressive driving is when you are doing several moving violations at one time like speeding and following to closely or cutting off people and improper lane changes," said Sgt. Tracy Hisler-Pace.
Sgt. Pace said this campaign is one way to reduce the number of deadly crashes on the interstate.
"You want to make sure that when you pass a truck and change lanes in front of them, you give enough room where the truck driver does not have to slam on their breaks. They obviously would need a lot more time stop," said Sgt. Pace.
Make sure to always use turning signals when changing lanes and it's best to pass a truck on the left because you are more visible to the truck driver.
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