Driving Save Near Trucks: Operation Safe Driver

The Florida Highway Patrol is launching “Operation Safe Driver as officials begin a long season of traffic-safety efforts aimed at reduce year-end holiday travel risks.

The week-long program aims to bust drivers of both commercial and non-commercial vehicles who have little or no regards for highway safety, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

From the 14th to the 20th of October, law enforcement officers across the state will be pushing this nationwide campaign. The ultimate goal is not only to get drivers to practice safer habits behind the wheel around commercial vehicles, but to get the drivers of those commercial vehicles to be safe, too!

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers will be on the hunt for commercial truckers and will be performing commercial-vehicle driver-safety inspections to make sure everyone’s abiding by the rules. Those caught in violation of these safety standards will be taken off of our roadways and cited.

Palm Beach accident attorneys understand that the winter travel season is starting a little early this year. Snowbirds are already heading south and our roadways are getting more and more congested with each passing day. As our streets get packed, it’s more important than ever that we focus on safe driving habits. FHP officials will be doing their job in taking unsafe drivers off of our roadways. Make sure you do your job by making sure that you’re not one of those drivers.

Last year, officials with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement team conducted about 100,000 inspections on commercial vehicles. In these inspections, they found close to 20,000 drivers and vehicles that didn’t meet safety standards and were therefore taken off our streets.

“Although troopers perform this work daily, we are emphasizing commercial driver safety and reducing crashes that involve commercial vehicles,” said Col. David Brierton with the Florida Highway Patrol.

To help to improve roadway safety, especially when driving around large trucks, you’re asked to please review the following safety tips from the DHSMV.

Share the Road, Safety Tips for Car Drivers:

-Never cut off another vehicle, especially a large truck. Commercial trucks take much longer to stop than smaller vehicles.

-Never travel in a truck’s blind spots. These are the areas around a truck in which a driver cannot see you. They’re usually located to the side, behind and directly in front of a truck.

-Stay calm behind the wheel. Trucks travel much differently than our cars. Accommodate their travel and relax to avoid an accident.

-Always wear your seat belt. These devices can save your life in the event of an accident.

-Never drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.