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State Patrol to Step Up Commercial Vehicle Enforcement October 20-26

Friday, October 18, 2013  
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The Minnesota State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section is stepping up traffic enforcement activity statewide Oct. 20-26 as part of a nationwide effort to increase commercial and passenger vehicle driver awareness.

During Operation Safe Driver Week, commercial vehicle drivers can expect an increase in seat belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and regulatory compliance. Motorists can expect stepped up traffic enforcement aimed at driving conduct near commercial vehicles.

The campaign serves as an opportunity to increase awareness to the motoring public, especially teenage and younger drivers, about safe driving practices around large trucks and buses. In addition, the State Patrol is using the week to increase awareness to commercial drivers and motorists of the dangers of distracted driving.

Last year, 395 people lost their lives as the result of traffic crashes in Minnesota. Fifty-six of the 395 deaths were the result of crashes involving commercial trucks. There were 3,789 total crashes last year involving commercial trucks, resulting in 1,178 injuries.

"Crashes involving commercial and passenger vehicles often have a life-changing effect on everyone involved,” says Capt. Matt Sokol, State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Section. "We ask commercial drivers and the motoring public to protect yourself and those around you by sharing the road and avoiding distracted driving.”

Motorist Tips When Driving Near a Big Truck:
  • Stay out of the No-Zone—No-Zones are blind spots where a car disappears from the view of the truck driver.
  • Stay visible—Large trucks need a much longer braking distance than a car. Don’t cut into a truck’s space; if this happens, it reduces a truck’s much needed breaking distance and restricts evasive action.
  • Don’t tailgate a truck—The farther you are away from a truck, the less likely you will be involved in a collision.
  • Don’t speed—Obey all speed limits.
  • Allow plenty of room—Large trucks are almost as wide as your lane of travel. Pacing too close behind one prevents you from reacting to changing traffic conditions and patterns.
  • Buckle up—Wearing your seat belt is the single most important thing you can do to save your life in a crash.


To view the entire news release, please click here.