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Operation Safe Driver Week begins in Iowa

Initiative aims to bring awareness of unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle drivers

Posted: Jul. 16, 2018 8:58 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Each day in the United States, about nine people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To keep motorists safe, an effort is underway to crack down on distracted commercial vehicle drivers. The Iowa DOT is participating in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance's effort called "Operation Safe Driver", which began in 2007.

John and Vicky McCloskey are the owners of McCloskey Appliance in Mason City and Garner, and have been in business for 27 years. John says that they have maintained an overall safe driving record, which could be attributed to the policy they have for delivery drivers.

"The biggest thing is they're not supposed to be texting and driving, first thing right off the bat. There's two guys in the truck, the other guy can be calling if they need to. But the driver should be doing nothing but maintaining what's on the road."

With the initiative this week, John says that he would like to see it expanded throughout the year.

"I think they oughta step it up a little bit more than one week out of the year. Maybe not continually, but at least once a month, pick something up. A week out of the month and just follow through."

During this campaign, Iowa DOT's Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers will step up citations and warnings to drivers for actions such as improper lane changes, following too closely and failure to use a seat belt, as well as texting while driving.

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