DPS Participating in Operation Safe D.R.I.V.E. on I-95

June 17, 2014

Georgia Department of Public Safety Participating in “Operation Safe D.R.I.V.E. on I-95”

The Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) of the Georgia Department of Public Safety and the Georgia State Patrol are participating in a 72-hour multi-state enforcement campaign to target unsafe driving behaviors among commercial vehicle drivers. This campaign is in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Florida Highway Patrol, South Carolina Department of Public Safety, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. The campaign began at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17 and end at midnight on Thursday, June 19.

During the campaign within the four states, there will be over 400 troopers, officers, and deputies patrolling 900 miles of I-95.  “Approximately 112 of the 900 miles are located within the state of Georgia, running through Camden, Glynn, McIntosh, Liberty, Bryan, and Chatham counties,” said Major Gene Davis, MCCD Commander. The acronym D.R.I.V.E. represents the agencies focus on targeting distracted, reckless, and impaired drivers through high visibility enforcement strategies. MCCD officers will be especially keeping an eye out for commercial vehicle drivers who are speeding, texting while driving, following too closely, and driving fatigued.  “Officers will also be inspecting commercial vehicles and their drivers at inspection sites, and our officers will not hesitate to issue out of service orders to any commercial vehicle or driver found to be a safety hazard,” the commander added.

Georgia ranks fourth in the nation for fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.  “The Georgia Department of Public Safety is committed to implementing strategies and programs that can reduce crashes and provide a safer transportation experience for motorists traveling in our state,” said Major Davis.  MCCD officers will also be stationed periodically at the Welcome Centers on the Georgia-South Carolina state line and the Georgia-Florida state line, to distribute educational materials to all drivers regarding safe driving behaviors.

This is the first of three “Operation Safe D.R.I.V.E.” enforcement periods that will be conducted this year. This collaborative effort is the first of its kind in the southeastern United States to bring law enforcement agencies from four states together to work to eliminate fatal commercial vehicle crashes.