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Utah Highway Patrol Targeting Aggressive Drivers to Reduce Accidents

July 8, 2014 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

Utah's I-15 has one of the highest accident rates involving semi trucks and other commercial vehicles in the state. When it's a passenger car versus a commercial vehicle, the people inside the car are six times more likely to be killed. Common reasons for the crashes include drivers following too closely, making unsafe lane changes and cutting in front of semis. Utah law requires drivers to allow two seconds in front of or behind a semi before changing lanes, which is not surprising considering that it takes 500 feet for a semi truck to come to a complete stop. One way the Utah Highway Patrol is attempting to stop drivers from cutting off semis is a new program known as Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT). TACT is a joint program of the Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Division and is designed to keep drivers safe when sharing the highways with commercial vehicles. One of the main goals of the campaign is reducing the nu

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