Law Enforcement Officers to Return to I-75 for Follow-up G-TACT Wave

March 18, 2009

(VALDOSTA) - Law enforcement officers in Cook and Lowndes counties are back on Interstate 75 this week for a follow-up enforcement wave of Georgia's TACT Project.  G-TACT or Georgia Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks, is an education and enforcement campaign to raise awareness among drivers of the dangers associated with risky driving around semi-trucks.  The first wave of G-TACT on I-75 was conducted in February.

       Colonel Bill Hitchens, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety, said today the first follow-up wave of enforcement is being conducted through Thursday this week on Interstate 75.  "The Georgia TACT project is not about writing tickets but educating the motoring public about the dangers they face when they cut off big rigs or tailgate the trucks," he said. 

       In addition to targeting both cars and trucks that are following too closely, making improper lane changes, driving aggressively, or improper passing, officers will be conducting commercial motor vehicle safety inspections during the three-day enforcement effort.

      "The challenge for law enforcement officers is to intercept drivers operating vehicles in a reckless manner of driving an unsafe vehicle before they cause a serious traffic crash," Colonel Hitchens said.  During the first round of enforcement, officers, troopers and deputies issued 639 traffic citations and 311 warnings.  There were also 230 safety inspections conducted by enforcement officers on commercial motor vehicles. 

      The Georgia TACT Project is funded with a grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  More information on the Georgia TACT Project is available at http://georgiatact.net.

 

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