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Connecticut Taking Part in 'Operation Safe Driver'

The week-long campaign, underway now, is targets commercial drivers and bus drivers.

If you drive a commercial vehicle or bus, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles is on the lookout for you.

The agency this week launched “Operation Safe Driver,” a campaign of increased traffic patrols for unsafe drivers with a focus on commercial vehicle and bus drivers.

 “This special week reminds large truck and bus operators of the needless risks that are taken with aggressive or distracted driving,” said Melody A. Currey,  commissioner of the DMV. “In addition, all drivers should pay extra attention when driving around commercial vehicles to ensure everyone’s safety.

The program runs Oct. 14-20, during which DMV personnel will focus on violations like speeding, following too close, making unsafe lane changes and driving distracted.  Operation Safe Driver focuses on increasing commercial driver safety performance through enforcement and education.

It is part of a national campaign sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and which seeks to reduce aggressive and distracted driving. Other states this week are also launching their own Operation Safe Driver programs that focus on how motorists can drive safely around large trucks and targets unsafe drivers.

D Hill October 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
As a CDL Driver I was almost mowed down by a tractor trailer driver not paying attention to a highway lane closure! What are they doing? The signs were posted! Did he miss something that I didn't?! As he leaned on his horn and fortunately I was able to move to an OPEN left lane as I was driving a CDL bus!
Daniella Ruiz October 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
just last evening i observed a fuel tanker (~40 footer) moving southward, approach a just turned green light intersection at near 50-60 mph, swerve into the fast lane to avoid rear ending the cars that had been waiting. the tractor leaned and the trailer swayed in return as the driver clearly was unaware the traffic ahead of him was not moving. it did not seem the driver even made attempt to slow as he made this rapid lane change. this was on RT32 near Scotch Cap rd, a highly used, dangerous intersection. just because these drivers have a CDL to drive, means nothing when they are not monitored, other than their once in a while (good behavior) test. do we have no competent method to screen the heavy rig drivers effectively? to keep them honest or to prevent them from causing even a minor UNNECESSARY incident? as the state cops go up and down that stretch from the Montville station to I-95, they move along with traffic so they rarely observe these standing events. like many say, cops arrive fast, in minutes AFTER incidents occur. rather than waiting for 'complaints', or orders for daily duty to be given, we need some renegade officers willing to be pro-active. i'm guessing, but any number of incidents like this, close calls, near misses, frightened families, and eventual road rages occur with NO police ever being aware of them.

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