Leadfoots beware: The Idaho State Police plans to crack down on aggressive driving, from tailgating to quick lane changes to speeding, in or around trucks on I-90 through North Idaho all week. Sgt. Jim Eavenson of the Idaho State Police said 70 percent of crashes that involve both big trucks and cars are caused by the car. “The problem is, when cars and trucks collide, the cars usually lose,” he said. Many motorists don’t realize that big trucks have blind spots and can’t stop as quickly as cars, he said, so it’s not safe to cut them off or dart in front of them. The ISP’s “Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks Program,” or TACT, already has run enforcement pushes in the Boise and Pocatello areas; the Coeur d’Alene area is up this week, through Saturday.
Eavenson said the program has been shown to reduce the number of commercial vehicle crashes in targeted areas in Idaho by more than 30 percent. The trucking industry and safety agencies helped develop the national program. “Our goal is to make the roads safer for everyone,” Eavenson said. “Aggressive drivers, whether they are in a truck or a car, make the roads more dangerous for all of us. This program focuses on those drivers that are making bad decisions and creating an unsafe situation for everyone else.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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