Monday, October 17, 2016
State Police Join National Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Effort
(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Maryland State Police troopers and truck inspectors are joining a national effort this week as part of a safety alliance committed to increasing safety and reducing traffic crashes involving commercial vehicles.
The Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division is increasing enforcement efforts during “Operation Safety Driver Week,” sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in cooperation with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This initiative is aimed at unsafe driving behaviors exhibited by both commercial and passenger vehicle drivers, both of whom can contribute to traffic crashes.
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division troopers, truck inspectors and cadets are increasing their vigilance this week and focusing specifically on moving violations committed by commercial drivers. The majority of enforcement efforts will occur along corridors with the highest frequency of serious injury or fatal crashes involving commercial vehicle operators. Those areas include I-95, I-70, I-83, and US Rt. 301.
Mobile commercial vehicle teams will be patrolling throughout these areas in both marked and unmarked vehicles monitoring buses, tractor trailers and other trucks. Unsafe driving behaviors including distracted driving, speeding, improper lane changing and following too close will be among the actions troopers will be looking for.
Troopers will also be alert for violations committed by passenger vehicle drivers while traveling in proximity to commercial vehicles. Drivers often ignore the extra stopping distance needed by a commercial vehicle to stop suddenly and cut in front of trucks and buses. Drivers are also reminded that if they cannot see the mirrors when following a commercial vehicle, the truck or bus driver cannot see their vehicle. Drivers are urged to maintain a safe distance between vehicles when following buses and trucks.
In 2015, members of the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division weighed almost 671,000 vehicles and conducted more than 71,100 roadside inspections. They placed 12,149 unsafe vehicles and 4,143 drivers out of service.
at 10/17/2016 10:30:00 PM