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Pennsylvania received a MCSAP grant to implement the TACT Program in April 2008. The Pennsylvania State Police rolled out their TACT campaign on September 29, 2008 to reduce aggressive driving along a portion of Interstate 81 in Dauphin and Cumberland counties.
The purpose of the campaign is to educate car and truck drivers about the dangers of driving aggressively and reduce the number of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) related crashes, fatalities, and injuries that occur on Pennsylvania's roads. State police look for violations that have contributed to crashes involving CMVs. Additionally the program will:
- Increase the motoring public's knowledge of the limitations of CMVs (e.g., stopping distance, blind spots, wide right turns)
- Increase the number of enforcement actions taken against motor vehicle and truck operators (e.g., warnings written, citations issues)
- Reduce the number of illegal driving behaviors (e.g., speeding, following too closely, reckless driving, and unsafe lane changes)
TACT uses highway billboards, posters, safety awareness messages and brochures to educate drivers about the importance of sharing the road and steering clear of unsafe situations. The enforcement activities started on October 6, 2008. State police used marked and unmarked patrol vehicles and fixed-wing aircraft as part of the enforcement effort.
Initial results showed in nearly 1, 500 traffic citations and more than 700 warnings were written. In June 2009 the Pennsylvania StatePolice conducted an additional TACT campaign along Interstate 70, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Final results for Pennsylvania's TACT initiative are expected during the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2009.
- 654 paid media spots on 9 different radio stations
- 3 TACT media events
- 3 press releases
- 2 fixed billboards used during the campaign
- Variable message boards were deployed throughout the Harrisburg area
- Press Officers were interviewed about the TACT Program on 5 different radio shows
- Nearly 1,500 citations written
- 730 written warnings were issued
- marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, and fixed-wing aircraft used
TACT was sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, an organization whose membership includes law enforcement officials, truck and bus companies, industry associations and insurance companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In 2009, the Pennsylvania State Police plans to conduct an additional TACT wave along another high crash corridor in another part of the State.
Media and communication samples from Pennsylvania's TACT program activities can be obtained from State e-Toolkits.