This Week Kicks Off “Operation Safe Driver”

Oct. 15, 2012

Experts say unsafe driving contributes to nine out of ten fatal accidents. In response, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance are sponsoring a campaign aimed at educating drivers about safe driving behavior. The campaign, called “Operation Safe Driver” began yesterday and will run through Monday, during which time educational programs will be hosted, commercials will be aired, and law enforcement will crack down on dangerous drivers.

This year, one of the main focuses of the program will be working to help people understand that cell phone use while driving can lead to a Denver car accident. Officials say the behavior is seen most rampantly among commercial truck drivers and teens. In fact, studies have shown more than half of all high school seniors admit to texting while driving.

That is why the campaign will distribute curriculum for “Defeating Distracted Driving” in schools and among commercial fleets. The program consists of a DVD and several public service announcements intended to make drivers more aware of the dangers of distracted driving. Meanwhile, law enforcement will be heavily patrolling for drivers using cellphones.

The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm ask that we each do our part to make Colorado’s roadways safer by putting our phones down behind the wheel. If you are the parent of a teen driver, talk to them about the importance of focus while driving.

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