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Connecticut Takes Part in 'Operation Safe Driver'

The week-long campaign, underway now, is targets commercial drivers and bus drivers.

 

If you drive a commercial vehicle or bus, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles is on the lookout for you.

The agency this week launched “Operation Safe Driver,” a campaign of increased traffic patrols for unsafe drivers with a focus on commercial vehicle and bus drivers.

 “This special week reminds large truck and bus operators of the needless risks that are taken with aggressive or distracted driving,” said Melody A. Currey,  commissioner of the DMV. “In addition, all drivers should pay extra attention when driving around commercial vehicles to ensure everyone’s safety.

The program runs Oct. 14-20, during which DMV personnel will focus on violations like speeding, following too close, making unsafe lane changes and driving distracted.  Operation Safe Driver focuses on increasing commercial driver safety performance through enforcement and education. It is part of a national campaign sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and which seeks to reduce aggressive and distracted driving. Other states this week are also launching their own Operation Safe Driver programs that focus on how motorists can drive safely around large trucks and targets unsafe drivers.

Although teens typically aren't getting behind the wheels of commercial vehicles, state efforts to lower accidents in that age group have apparently been successful so far. A study by the DMV showed teen accidents declining by 13.8 percent in the past several years. 

Ignatius Reilly October 17, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Why don't they focus on drivers using cell phones? Or more importantly drivers who don't follow the Keep Right Except to Pass rule. Why is it that everyone regardless of speed drives in the left lane here? It baffles me and forces me to pass on the right.
Jim Eastwood October 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
IG You are correct !! The MOST Dangerous things on the road are SUBURBAN HOUSE WIFES driving SUV's and Talking on the cell Phone( just what is so important??) while driving their kids to Soccer Practice or to school( we don't have school buses??) in a Snow storm !!!!!! Educate and enforce the Laws on those people !!! Have a Great and Safe day !!!!

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