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Program Aimed at Decreasing Truck-Related Crashes Starts Monday

UNDATED (WHTC) -- The state of Michigan has been awarded a federal grant for a truck safety program.  The “Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks” program is aimed at decreasing truck-related crashes, injuries and fatalities by combining outreach, education and evaluation with targeted enforcement activities.  Crashes involving 18-wheelers and light-vehicles are a serious traffic safety issue.  In 2012, truck-involved fatalities increased 10 percent, from 73 in 2011 to 80.  Law enforcement officers from the Michigan State Police and the Ottawa and Kent County Sheriff Offices are scheduled to take part in the effort beginning Monday, Oct. 7th through Friday, the 18th.  Targeted areas include U.S. 131 and I-196 through Kent and Ottawa Counties.

Story by: Diane E Coston