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Police target local aggressive drivers; 2,500 ticketed

6:33 PM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- More than 2,500 tickets were handed out to aggressive drivers during a three-month enforcement campaign on area freeways.

Six police agencies in Kent and Ottawa counties targeted aggressive drivers between October and mid-December as part of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign.

Officers stopped nearly 3,000 vehicles, issuing warnings to about 500 drivers. The others were ticketed, primarily for tailgating and speeding. About 14 percent of the tickets went to commercial truck drivers.

The area was selected after a review of crash data showed high crash rates associated with aggressive driving. Nearly 11 percent of Michigan's 9,388 truck-involved accidents in 2012 occurred here.

Enforcement zones were concentrated along U.S. 131 through Walker, Grand Rapids and Wyoming and on Int. 196 from U.S. 131 in Grand Rapids to 64th Avenue in Ottawa County.

"We see a lot of improper lane use and people following too close,'' said Michigan State Police Trooper Bruce Cojeen, who participated in the campaign. "People driving in the left lane of the freeway when they are not passing happens a lot.''

In addition to aggressive driving, the campaign hoped to raise awareness about sharing the road with trucks.

The Michigan Trucking Association approached the state about setting up traffic enforcement along freeways to combat the dearth of aggressive driving near trucks.

A $301,000 grant from state and federal agencies funded the TACT program.

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