In 1991 with the enactment of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, Congress directed the Federal Highway Administration – FHWA (now under the direction of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – FMCSA) to educate the driving public about how to safely share the road with trucks and buses. In response, FMCSA introduced the “No-Zone” or “Share the Road” Program in 1994.
The Campaign was created in 1994 to educate motorists about how to safely share the road with trucks and buses (Commercial Motor Vehicles, CMVs). Its goal is to increase awareness of the No-Zones – danger areas like blind spots, around commercial vehicles, in which cars “disappear” from the view of the truck or bus driver. No-Zones are areas where crashes are more likely to occur. Educating drivers about the No-Zones may reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage from these kinds of crashes.
Working closely with law enforcement agencies and professional associations, as well as other highway safety groups and carriers, FMCSA developed a broad-based strategy to increase public recognition about truck and bus limitations in an effort to influence the motoring public’s driving behavior. A series of television, radio, and print public service announcements (PSAs) and pertinent Share-the-Road materials were developed in coordination with the State of Maryland under a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) public education grant. As a result, Campaign materials have been distributed and widely used throughout the country.
Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT)
To help reduce crashes and fatalities, Congress directed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to work together to educate motorists on how to share the road safely with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
The result of this government collaboration was the development of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) program—a high-visibility traffic enforcement program that uses communication, enforcement, and evaluation activities to reduce CMV-related crashes, fatalities, and injuries.
The Share the Road Safely Program relies heavily on Safety Partners participating on a grassroots level to help promote Share the Road safety messages. Our Partners include: Federal and State Highway Safety Agencies, local government agencies, law enforcement agencies, trucking associations, motor carriers, highway safety advocacy organizations, and concerned citizens.
As a Share the Road Safely Partner you can demonstrate your commitment to making our highways and communities safer for all drivers and road users. By distributing Share the Road Safely information and participating in Share the Road Safely Program activities, you can help save lives and prevent crashes in your community.
The Share the Road Safely Program is a resource for educators to help others learn how to safely share the road with large trucks and buses. As an educator, you have the opportunity to introduce your students to the importance of highway safety and the hazards presented by large trucks and buses operating on the nation’s highways. You can instill safe driving habits and a positive attitude in future drivers, which can save lives and make our communities safer.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) believes that the more people know about how to share the road safely, the fewer injuries and fatalities will be caused by crashes with large trucks or buses. You can participate in the Share the Road Safely Program by organizing outreach activities, such as No-Zone demonstrations and distributing informational materials.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed outreach materials to support the Share the Road Safely Program. To view these materials click on the links below. Many of these products are currently available for distribution.