Ofc. Teresa Fuller
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:24 p.m.
The Spokane Police Traffic Unit, Spokane Street Department, Engineering Services, Washington State Patrol, and Spokane County Sheriff’s Traffic Unit are coming together to hold a Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) media kick-off event. Representatives from each agency will be at the Street Department Facility, 901 N. Nelson, today, Feb. 11th, 2016, at 2:00pm, to talk about the importance of the upcoming enforcement efforts funded by moneys received from the TACT grant.
Late last fall, the Spokane Police Traffic Unit applied for, and received, yet another TACT grant from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This is the fourth time the grant has been awarded to SPD. The purpose of the TACT program is to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our Nation’s roadways and to increase public awareness about unsafe driving behaviors around commercials vehicles. Agencies participating in this grant are required to conduct comprehensive and high-visibility traffic enforcement and commercial motor vehicle safety inspection programs in high-risk locations and corridors. Unsafe behaviors that officers will be looking for include “cutting off” semi-trucks, unsafe lanes changes, tailgating, failure to signal lane changes, failure to yield right of way, and speeding.
With construction season right around the corner, we wanted to utilize this opportunity to remind drivers about the dangers of aggressive driving, especially around our street crews. “Construction crews are busy repairing streets as efficiently as possible to open them up to regular traffic as quickly as possible,” said City Street Department Director Mark Serbousek. “They are watching their work site not necessarily the cars on the road. We ask drivers to keep our construction crews safe by obeying the traffic laws, slowing down in construction zones and watching out for those workers.”
Commercial Vehicle Officers from each agency, working closely with their traffic units, will be out over the next year conducting these high-visibility patrols targeting unsafe drivers with the goal of making the roads safer for everyone.
Officer John O'Brien