The Kansas Highway Patrol’s Trucks on Patrol for Safety, or TOPS, program is rolling across the state’s highways for the sixth year in a row. This program provides state troopers an opportunity to ride with professional truck drivers, giving enforcement personnel a front seat view to witness, document and ticket motorists who cut off trucks or otherwise drive unsafely around big rigs.

The TOPS program is funded by a grant through the FMCSA’s Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) Program which was launched in the fall of 2004. The program is designed to educate motorists about the dangers of unsafe driving behaviors committed by cars around trucks.

The (TACT) program uses three key components — communications, enforcement, and evaluation — to build awareness and educate passenger and commercial motor vehicle drivers about safe driving behaviors around one another.

“TACT uses a combination of high-visibility messaging coupled with targeted enforcement activities in selected high-risk traffic areas to reduce fatalities and injuries from unsafe driving behaviors by cars and trucks such as cutting off, tailgating, and speeding,” according to FMCSA.