The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), U.S. Department of Transportation, have come together to focus on developing strategies and resources to enhance the Drive to Save Lives (Drive) Campaign by incorporating large truck and bus enforcement.
Large trucks and buses are disproportionately involved in both fatal and injury crashes. These vehicles account for only 4 percent of registered vehicles in the U.S., but they are involved in 13 percent of the fatal crashes. Despite the number of overall fatal and injury crashes reducing from 2012 to 2013, the number of those which involve a large truck and bus has increased every year since 2009.
It is important for law enforcement agencies to understand that these crashes are caused by both the passenger vehicles driving around the commercial vehicles, as well as the large truck and bus drivers. Many fatal crashes result from an illegal action or unsafe behavior on the part of at least one driver involved in the crash, including speeding, following too closely, improper lane changes, and distracted driving (including texting while driving).
Below are no-cost resources that have been developed to assist officers when conducting enforcement on large trucks and buses, and tools to help chief executives educate their communities on the importance of safe driving practices around these large vehicles.
Large Truck and Bus Enforcement Visor Card
Fast Five Checklist for Large Truck and Bus Enforcement
Sample Large Truck and Bus Talking Points
Sample Social Media Awareness Language
Sample Press Release
IACP Blogs: Best Practices in Large Truck and Bus Enforcement
Colonel Tracy Trott, head of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, has provided best practices and lessons learned around large truck and bus enforcement for all agencies no matter the size. Read more.
Colonel Paul Pride, Ohio State Highway Patrol, provides best practices around the Road Watch 100 campaign and lessons learned. Read more.
Lessons learned around Nevada's Badge on Board program from Colonel Dennis Osborn. Read more.
Police Chief Magazine Articles
Drive to Save Lives/Drive to Zero Campaign - Brandon Gardner, Project Coordinator, IACP
Move Over Initiative - Tracy Trott, Colonel, Tennessee Highway Patrol
Regular Traffic Enforcement Can Play a Crucial Role in Defining Commercial Vehicle Safety - Jack Van Steenburg, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation
Saving Lives by Citing Truck and Bus Violations - Stephen A. Keppler, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
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