FHP begins program to crack down on aggresive drivers

Author: dave culbreth
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CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- The weekend has begun and the Florida Highway Patrol is starting to crackdown on aggressive drivers.

“They don’t realize just driving home from work, a 2 mile trip home from work or to go get milk, their life could end,” said a truck driver named Michelle.

The FHP slogan is “Don’t Hurry, Be Happy, Drive Safely.” Michelle is not happy with aggressive drivers. “I’m on the road 14 hours a day and I see it all day long and I see fatal accidents and it makes me sick.”

Friday the FHP started what it calls TACT, “Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks.” It’s a safety campaign to educate people on the dangers of aggressive driving.

“‘I just gotta go.’ That’s their mentality,” said Michelle. “‘I just have to go and I don’t care about you or anybody else.'”

The crackdown doesn’t just include professional semi-truck drivers, it includes all drivers.

Some drivers have different opinions on who drives worse; people in cars or those behind the wheel in a truck. WINK News stopped at a rest area to ask around.

“Cars actually,” said Terry. “I’ve been on the road many times and I’ve seen cars just weaving in and out of traffic. You don’t see that with the semi’s.”

“There’s careless truck drivers as well. I have a lot of pride in what I do but there are drivers that do not,” added Michelle.

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