Michigan law enforcement targeting truckers for next several weeks

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 6/23/2017

Law enforcement officers in Michigan will be focusing their attention on truckers starting Monday, June 26, as part of an operation called Summer of Semi Safe D. The operation will look for unsafe driver behaviors by truckers as a response to an increase in fatalities involving commercial vehicles.

The five-week initiative will focus on a different area of concern each week. The schedule includes.

  • S – Speed: June 26-30
  • A – Awareness (intersections, construction zones, lane use): July 10-14
  • F – Fasten seat belts, following too close: July 24-28
  • E – Education: Aug. 7-11
  • D – Distracted driving: Aug. 21-25

According to a State of Michigan press release, “special attention will be paid to semi-tractor trailers as they were involved in 72 percent of the 2016 deadly accidents involving a commercial motor vehicle.”

“This enforcement effort is in direct response to what we saw on our roads in 2016, a 41 percent increase in deaths involving commercial vehicles,” said Capt. Michael A. Krumm, commander of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED).  “Michigan continues to be one of the safest states in the Midwest for commercial vehicle traffic, but the steep rise needs to be addressed.”

However, what the stats do not reveal is who was at fault in those crashes. Studies reveal that approximately 80 percent of crashes involving commercial vehicles were the fault of the other vehicle’s driver.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for 2015, two-thirds of all fatal trucks crashes reported no driver-related factors for the trucker. Narrowed down to distracted drivers, 94 percent of fatal truck crashes found the trucker was not distracted. Conversely, more than half (57 percent) of truck-car crashes found driver-related factors among the passenger vehicle driver.

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