I-95 G-TACT Enforcement Begins

February 1, 2008

“LEAVE MORE SPACE AROUND BIG TRUCKS”

CAMPAIGN BEGINS MONDAY ON I-95

(ATLANTA) – New traffic warning signs, billboards, and posters are going up around southeast Georgia this week as the Georgia Department of Public Safety prepares to launch the I-95 wave of its GTACT project.  Georgia Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks is an educational campaign to warn drivers about the dangers they may face if driving carelessly around tractor trailers.  The I-95 wave will be announced at a kick-off news conference Monday February 4 at the Georgia Welcome Center in Savannah.  The news conference begins at 11 a.m.

Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said the Department has received a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to conduct a pilot program in two Georgia interstate corridors with a goal of reducing the number of tractor trailer crashes through education and enforcement.  “The message to drivers is to leave more space when traveling around a tractor trailer,” he said.  “Motor Carrier Compliance Officers, Georgia State Troopers, as well as officers from the police departments in Savannah-Chatham Metro, Pooler, Port Wentworth, Bloomingdale, Garden City, and the Georgia Ports Authority Police are teaming together to increase driver awareness of allowing more space before changing lanes around the large trucks.”

The Georgia Department of Transportation has installed four large traffic signs with the campaign logo of a passenger car and tractor trailer side by side and a green arrow with “OK” far ahead of the truck.  The signs are to remind drivers to leave more space.  Radio spots are also airing this week across Georgia on affiliates of the Georgia News Network.

Law enforcement officers in the corridor will begin a week-long enforcement campaign Monday concentrating on aggressive driving around tractor trailers.  Colonel Hitchens said the enforcement effort is to educate motorists on driving safely, especially around the big rigs.  "Tractor trailers cannot stop as quickly as passenger cars and drivers need more room to safely bring the large vehicles to a stop," Colonel Hitchens noted.  "It is critical that the trucks have sufficient room to stop but also ample room as they change lanes."

FMCSA Deputy Administrator David Hugel will attend the news conference Monday to launch the GTACT project on I-95.   Two interstate corridors are the focus of the project - from the

South Marietta Parkway
 to Highway 140 on I-75 in Bartow County, and I-95 through Chatham County.  Each has been identified with a high rate of crashes between tractor trailers and passenger vehicles.  

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NOTE TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS:  A reminder of the news conference Monday February 4 at 11 a.m. in the parking lot of the Georgia Welcome Center on I-95 in Savannah.  Following the news conference, ride-alongs will be available with law enforcement officers.  Also, tractor trailer drivers will be available for ride-alongs by media attending for a look at traffic from the tractor trailer driver’s perspective. 

Contact Information: 
DPS Public Information Office