The Oregon Department of Transportation is getting the word out to
four-wheelers about the proper way to pass big rigs.
As part of a new initiative, ODOT’s Motor Carrier Transportation
Division will be airing a public service announcement on radio stations across
the state. The ads feature two talking trucks – “Mack” and “Ford” – describing
the inappropriate behavior cars exhibit around them.
“The PSA uses humor to reinforce a very important safety message,” said
ODOT spokeswoman Sally Ridenour. “Many people don’t know that truck drivers
need almost twice the room to stop as cars. So when cars cut in too soon after
passing, truck drivers are forced to compensate with little time or room to
spare. Sometimes, this causes a crash or rollover.”
Specifically, the ad includes three important points for four-wheelers
- Wait for a legal passing zone to open up;
- Make sure you can see the entire front of the
truck – from top to bottom, not just the grille – in your rear-view
- Don’t slow down after completing the pass.