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Operation Safe Driver targets unsafe, aggressive motorists

Posted Oct. 19, 2012

Each year more than 36,000 people die on roadways throughout North America. Many of these deaths are the direct result of unsafe and aggressive driving by passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle drivers.

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This week, the Fort Worth Police Department and law enforcement agencies across North America are responding by targeting drivers during a campaign called Operation Safe Driver. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is calling on all drivers to reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives.

Remember these safety tips when driving near a big truck:

  • Stay out of the so-called no-zone. No-zones are blind spots where a car “disappears” from the view of a truck driver.
  • Stay visible. Large trucks need a much longer braking distance than a car. Don’t cut into a truck’s space.
  • Don’t tailgate a truck. The farther you are from a truck, the less likely you will be involved in a collision.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Buckle up. Wearing your safety belt is the single most important thing you can do to save your life in a crash.
  • Protect yourself and your passengers by learning how to share the road safely with large vehicles and avoid distracted driving.

To learn more, contact Sgt. Kevin Woodson in the Fort Worth Police Department’s commercial vehicle enforcement unit at 817-392-4859.

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