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FHP, other law enforcement agencies take part in Operation Safe DRIVE

Safety campaign targets distracted, reckless, impaired drivers

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Operation Safe DRIVE is underway in southeast Florida as a way to prevent traffic crashes that result in fatalities, injuries and property damage.

The Florida Highway Patrol is joining other law enforcement partners to crack down on drivers who put others and themselves at risk.

The Safe DRIVE (Distracted Reckless Impaired Visibility Enforcement) safety campaign is designed to deter behaviors that contribute that contribute to commercial and noncommercial motor vehicle crashes.

“FHP is committed to reducing the number of commercial vehicle-related crashes on Florida roadways and helping ensure motorists Arrive Alive,” said Colonel Gene Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Motorists can reduce crashes if they share the roads safely, avoid aggressive driving behaviors and exercise additional caution when driving near larger vehicles.”

Operation Safe DRIVE’s enforcement efforts will be focused on driver behaviors that include: aggressive driving, unlawful speed, following too close, improper passing/lane change, failing to moveover, failing to wear safety belt, distracted driving, driving under the influence, hours of service violations, commercial driver license violations, medical certification and commercial motor vehicle credentialing.

Motorists should protect themselves and their passengers by learning how to share the road safely. The FHP offers these tips for driving around large trucks:

  • Stay out of the No Zone: Be aware that large trucks have large blind spots (also known as “No Zones”).
  • Pass trucks with caution: Pass on the left side for maximum visibility and maintain a constant speed.
  • Do not cut trucks off: Be sure to leave plenty of room when you pull in front of a truck. Large trucks simply can’t stop as quickly as smaller vehicles.
  • Practice patience around larger vehicles that are not traveling at the same speed as your vehicle.

The safety initiative will last through Thursday.