In a press release, the Michigan State Police announced the agency will be participating in a nationwide campaign aimed at decreasing the number of fatal commercial vehicle crashes.
The campaign is called Toward Zero Deaths. Michigan is one of many states expected to participate in the nationwide campaign.
“When it comes to commercial vehicle fatal crashes, speed is the largest contributing factor, followed by distraction or inattention and then impairment, which includes driving while fatigued or after consuming alcohol or drugs, according to research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,” the Michigan State Police press release states.
For the month of July, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division of the Michigan State Police plans to step up enforcement.
“Officers will focus on moving violations by commercial motor vehicles, including speeding, driving while fatigued and careless driving that results from driver distraction,” the press release states.
In addition, banners with the Toward Zero Deaths logos will be placed at weigh stations and enforcement locations throughout the state.
“The hardship and suffering of even one family due to a preventable traffic crash is too much,” stated Capt. Michael Krumm, commander of the Michigan State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division. “To improve traffic safety related to commercial motor vehicles, we are increasing not only our enforcement efforts but also our education efforts – we all have a role to play in being responsible drivers.”
You can learn more at www.towardzerodeaths.org.