From July 14-17, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) welcomed TACT Forum 2008 attendees to America's most dynamic city—Las Vegas! As the setting for FMCSA's inaugural gathering of nearly 100 DOT personnel, State representatives, law enforcement officials, and TACT safety partners, Las Vegas became host to an exciting new initiative within FMCSA, and a perfect backdrop to share innovative and life-saving ideas for the future success of this high-visibility traffic enforcement program. The overall goal of the Forum was to allow TACT stakeholders to discuss lessons learned, expose the program to a broader audience, and expand its outreach efforts.
For more information about the 2008 Forum venue, session descriptions, featured speakers, and contact information, download a copy of the TACT Forum Program.
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The theme for this year's forum was Sharing Ideas to Save Lives. Our objective was to give attendees an opportunity to network, share ideas, and become more knowledgeable about the TACT Program. We designed the sessions to engage and energize all participants to learn more about what TACT is, how a State can obtain funding, how a State can implement the program, and why communicating the results of TACT Program implementations is so important.
Attendees of the Forum included representatives from the five TACT State Peer Exchange Network (T-SPEN) States, along with 19 prospective States. FMCSA headquarters and field personnel, colleagues from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) staff, and other subject-matter experts from program-related fields also participated.
During this four-day event, FMCSA provided attendees with a TACT State Resource Toolkit, facilitated discussions among participating and prospective TACT States, and over 30 speakers shared insights for successful program implementation based on personal experiences from their TACT Programs.
On behalf of the U.S. Department of Transportation and its Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, we'd like to thank everyone who participated in this year's TACT Forum 2008. We appreciate those who are actively supporting the TACT Program in your State and we encourage States who are interested in the program to implement TACT in the near future. Our theme, Sharing Ideas to Save Lives, spoke directly to the primary goal of this Forum and to that of the T-SPEN. FMCSA and the T-SPEN look forward to continuing this partnership and appreciate your hard work and dedication to making the TACT Program successful across the country.