ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) Officers are on full patrol this week as part of Operation Safe Driver, a nationwide crackdown on aggressive and distracted drivers. This nationwide program targets the unsafe driving behavior of commercial vehicle operators, as well as the other drivers operating around commercial motor vehicles. The campaign runs through Saturday, October 26.
Major Gene Davis, Commander of MCCD, said the goals of the program are to remove unsafe and fatigued drivers from the highways; educate commercial vehicle drivers and others about the importance of safe driving and proper driving techniques; and take enforcement action against commercial drivers who fail to buckle up. "Through enforcement and roadside inspections, we want to raise awareness of the motoring public about the hazards of operating around commercial vehicles, and of the proper steps they can take to enhance safe operations," Major Davis added.
In addition to commercial vehicle inspections, MCCD officers in Georgia are also patrolling the interstates and state highways watching for unsafe commercial motor vehicles. "Officers will not hesitate to place a commercial vehicle or commercial vehicle driver out of service should the severity of the violation warrant," he said. The Department of Public Safety is firmly committed to providing a safer transportation environment in Georgia for the nation’s motorists. The safety of everyone on the highways is of paramount importance,” Major Davis said.
Operation Safe Driver is a national awareness and enforcement campaign that targets improving both commercial and non-commercial driver behavior and performance through effective enforcement, education and awareness strategies. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other organizations, are joining together to educate all drivers on the toll risky driving behavior takes on society. The mission of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry, and policymakers.