In 2009 the NHP received two FMCSA grant awards to support the TACT program in Nevada:
A total of $242,500 in federal funds was awarded to support a public media campaign to educate drivers about both the Nevada TACT program and safe driving near large trucks. Called “Badge On Board”, the Nevada TACT educational campaign will begin in July 2009. The campaign will feature freeway outdoor billboards, newspaper ads, radio spots, pump toppers and other ways to get the message about safe driving near large trucks out to the general public. No State funds are required to match the federal funds.
A total of $263,687 in federal funds was awarded to support Badge On Board enforcement activities by the NHP, as well as to assess the effectiveness of Nevada’s TACT program as it relates to driver behavior changes. NHP will be conducting 10-12 TACT operations in Reno and Las Vegas in 2009 and 2010.
During these upcoming Badge On Board enforcement operations, the NHP will continue its no-tolerance policy for moving violations near large trucks. NHP Troopers will be riding with truck drivers, watching for passenger vehicle moving violations around that truck. When the Trooper in the truck observes an unsafe behavior, he or she will radio to a chase vehicle, and another Trooper will pull over the offender identified by the Trooper in the truck. To remind the traveling public to drive safely around large trucks, members of the Nevada Motor Transport Association (NMTA) have agreed to place Badge On Board decals on the back of their trailers, whether a Trooper is in the truck or not.