State police this week targeting commercial vehicle drivers

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October 20, 2009, 2:16PM

LANSING — Commercial vehicle drivers will be under extra scrutiny across Michigan this week as state and federal enforcement officers take part in Operation Safe Driver, a nationwide initiative to promote highway safety.

Michigan State Police officers will be focusing on identifying and stopping commercial motor vehicle drivers involved in dangerous driving practices, including tailgating,
speeding, improper lane use and driver qualification violations.

According to a state police news release, those are among behaviors that “increase the likelihood of a crash.”

“Unsafe driving behavior is a major contributing factor in commercial vehicle crashes,” said Capt. Robert R. Powers Jr., traffic safety division commander for the state police.

“During this week, we hope to educate commercial motor vehicle drivers about their responsibility to operate in a safe manner and be respectful to other motorists," he said.