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Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week, which is Oct. 16 – 22, 2016.

Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with government, industry and safety organizations. During Operation Safe Driver Week, the MSP will increase commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement in an effort to reduce crashes and traffic fatalities.

“Last year in Michigan we saw almost a 20 percent reduction in fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles,” stated Capt. Michael Krumm, commander of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED). “Operation Safe Driver Week is one way we focus on increasing traffic safety and moving Michigan Toward Zero Deaths (TZD).”

Nationwide in 2013, there were 3,964 people who died in large truck crashes and 310 people who died in bus crashes. Many of those crashes were the direct result of driver error – both truck and bus drivers, as well as the passenger-vehicle drivers operating unsafely around them.

This effort is part of the MSP CVED’s participation in TZD, which is the United States’ highway safety vision. TZD unites stakeholders from engineering, enforcement, education and emergency medical services, with the common goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero. You can learn more at www.towardzerodeaths.org.