Michigan Upping Truck Enforcement Through End of September

Working under a grant from the Michigan Truck Safety Commission, Michigan State Police motor carrier officers will work specialized truck enforcement team operations until September 30.

During these STET operations, motor carrier officers will conduct traffic stops on commercial motor vehicles in areas identified as having a high CMV crash rate. The operations will focus on driver-related behaviors that have proven to contribute to CMV crashes, such as speed, lane usage, following improperly, disobeying a traffic control device and improper turning.

Officers also will check driver credentials and vehicle equipment to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. Motor carrier officers will work in and around rest areas and other safe enforcement sites throughout the state.

As part of the effort, the MSP also are emphasizing that It is important that all motorists remember key factors regarding truck safety, such as:

• Avoid lingering in a truck’s blind spots (if you cannot see a driver’s face in his/her mirror, it is likely the driver can not see you).

• Do not pass a truck within one mile of your planned exit to avoid crossing too closely in the truck’s lane of travel.

• Share the road with respect and courtesy.

“To help ensure safe travel this summer, it is essential that commercial vehicles and passenger drivers alike drive in a respectful manner, buckle up and adhere to traffic laws,” said Capt. Harold Love, Commander of the MSP Traffic Safety Division and a member of the Michigan Truck Safety Commission.

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