Operation Safe Driver Campaign

Each year more than 36,000 people die on the roadways throughout North America – many of which are the direct result of unsafe and aggressive driving practices by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers. During the week of Oct. 14, law enforcement across North America actively targeted these drivers during a campaign dubbed Operation Safe Driver.

"Operation Safe Driver is a collaborative, public-private partnership between the Grand Prairie Police Department and other agencies toward enhancing the safety for all drivers on our roadways," Grand Prairie Police Steve Dye said. "Our department is proud to participate in this comprehensive campaign, which utilizes education, awareness and enforcement toward the safer operation of commercial and non-commercial vehicles in our city."

The Grand Prairie Police Department partnered with the Texas Motor Transportation Association during the 2012 Operation Safe Driver Week to conduct high-visibility enforcement operations and a public outreach event where officers visited with students at Dubiski High School and South Grand Prairie High School.

Grand Prairie taught the CVSA Teens and Trucks curriculum and offered students the opportunity to tour an 18-wheeler. Instructors from both the Grand Prairie Police Department and First Choice Transport also discussed the CVSA Defeating Distracted Driving curriculum with students.

Students touring 18-wheeler during Safe Driver Week

Motorists should remember the following safety tips when driving near a big truck:

  • Stay out of the No-Zone. No-Zones are actual blind spots where the car “disappears” from the view of the truck driver.
  • Stay visible! Large trucks need a much longer braking distance than a car. Don’t cut into a trucks’ space; if this happens it reduces a trucks’ much needed breaking distance and restricts evasive action.
  • Don’t tailgate a truck. The further you are away from a truck the less likely you will be involved in a collision.
  • Don’t speed. Obey all speed limits.
  • Allow plenty of room. Large trucks are almost as wide as your lane of travel. Pacing too close behind one prevents you from reacting to changing traffic conditions and patterns.
  • Buckle-up. Wearing your safety belt is the single most important thing you can do to save your life in a crash.

Protect yourself and your passengers by learning how to share the road safely with large vehicles and avoid distracted driving.