The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in Operation Safe Driver on Florida highways starting today and running through Saturday.
Operation Safe Driver is a national awareness and enforcement campaign that targets improving both commercial and non-commercial driver behavior through education, awareness and aggressive enforcement strategies. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers will be out in full force, performing commercial vehicle driver safety inspections and targeting unsafe driving habits on the roadways.
“The campaign aims to educate all motorists on the risks involved with aggressive and distracted driving around large trucks,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
“Although troopers perform this work daily, we are emphasizing commercial driver safety and reducing crashes that involve commercial vehicles.”
While additional funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration makes specialized enforcement activities, such as Operation Safe Driver, possible, FHP continues to promote safe driving habits year-round through roadside safety inspections, industry outreach and enforcement of state traffic laws. In 2011, FHP conducted more than 110,000 commercial vehicle inspections placing more than 19,000 vehicles and drivers out of service for critical safety violations.
The Patrol encourages motorist to dial *FHP (*347) from your cell phone to contact FHP to report an aggressive driver or to request roadside assistance. Callers may remain anonymous.
Thanks to the Florida Highway Patrol for sending us this information.