To prevent traffic crashes involving large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles, Wisconsin State Patrol motor carrier inspectors will participate in Operation Safe Driver from Sunday, Oct. 20-Saturday, Oct. 26.
Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the mission of Operation Safe Driver is to improve the behavior, habits and decision-making of commercial motor vehicle operators and all other motorists on the road through traffic safety law enforcement and education.
During Operation Safe Driver, State Patrol inspectors and other law enforcement officers throughout North America will be cracking down on violations such as speeding, following too close, improper lane changes, failure to obey traffic signs and impaired driving by all motorists. Commercial motor vehicle drivers will be checked for compliance with license requirements as well as regulations governing medical card and hours of service standards.
“Lives can be saved and injuries prevented by reducing irresponsible and dangerous driving behavior like speeding, tailgating and aggressive driving by all motorists as well as ensuring commercial motor vehicle drivers are in compliance with all regulations,” State Patrol captain Brian Ausloos of the Motor Carrier Enforcement Section said. “In fatal crashes between cars and large trucks, driver error by the car driver, truck driver, or both is to blame 88 percent of the time.”
A combination of effective law enforcement and safety education has helped improve commercial motor vehicle safety in Wisconsin during the last 10 years. In 2012, large-truck crashes declined approximately 26 percent compared with 2003. Moreover, large-truck crash fatalities dropped from 102 in 2003 to 71 in 2012, which was a 30 percent reduction.