State Police boost patrols for big rigs
By MIKE FORNES
Tribune Staff Writer
LANSING - Drivers can expect to see more Michigan State Police motor carrier patrol vehicles on area highways.
The agency's Traffic Safety Division - formerly known as the Motor Carrier Division - will increase commercial vehicle traffic enforcement through its Special Transportation Enforcement Team operations this spring and summer.
“With more patrol vehicles on the road, drivers are asked to use caution when approaching weigh stations and other enforcement operations as trucks may be slowing and changing lanes,” said Lt. David Ford of the Michigan State Police Traffic Safety Division. “In addition, the presence of one MSP patrol vehicle may indicate other patrol vehicles are also operating in the area, which may affect traffic conditions.”
In Northern Michigan, Traffic Safety Division vehicles are commonly seen in the vicinity of the Mackinac Bridge, but may operate on other local highways including M-27, U.S. 2 and U.S. 31.
Drivers are also encouraged to “Share the Road” with commercial vehicles and practice smart driving by staying out of “No Zones,” such as the front and sides of a truck. Both themes are being promoted in Michigan State Police safety campaigns.
Motorists can learn more important safety tips on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association's Web site at www.sharetheroadsafely.org.
The Special Transportation Enforcement Team operations focus on increasing safety belt use, reducing the number of speeding trucks, and ensuring proper driver qualifications through a variety of enforcement methods including enforcement at weigh stations, rest areas and during mobile patrols.