Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Operation Safe Driver Under Way

Deputies are paying special attention to commercial truck drivers in Collier County this week.

It’s part of a weeklong safety campaign, called Operation Safe Driver, to raise driver awareness about the hazards of operating around commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks.

The goal of Operation Safe Driver is to prevent injuries and deaths in crashes involving large trucks and passenger vehicles through education, law enforcement and awareness. The national campaign runs through Friday.

Deputies will be cracking down on truck drivers who are speeding and driving aggressively.

“Although commercial traffic has slowed somewhat we are about to enter our busy tourist season in Southwest Florida,’’ said Cpl. Doug Leffin of CCSO’s Safety and Traffic Enforcement Bureau. “Through Operation Safe Driver we will take enforcement action against unsafe and fatigued commercial and noncommercial drivers.”