Nationally in 2006, more than 5,000 people died in large truck crashes, with nearly 4,000 of those being the result of passenger vehicles and trucks colliding. To help reduce crashes and fatalities, Congress directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to work together to educate motorists on how to share the road safely with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
The result of this government collaboration was the development of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program—a high-visibility traffic enforcement program that uses communication, enforcement, and evaluation activities to reduce CMV-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries.
In Nevada the TACT program is referred to as the Nevada Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (NTACT). NTACT combines outreach, education, and evaluation with targeted enforcement activities to raise awareness among car and truck drivers about safe driving behaviors. Unsafe driving behaviors may include, but are not limited to: unsafe lane changes, tailgating, failing to signal lane changes, failing to yield the right of way, speeding, and aggressive driving (a combination of two or more behaviors).
NTACT was rolled out on April 17, 2008 in the Reno/Sparks area and on May 20, 2008 in the Las Vegas Area with high profile media coverage. Subsequent deployments will be announced and each violation observed will be ticketed.