The Michigan State Police Department is gearing up and cracking down on unsafe drivers. All summer, troopers will be paying special attention to those risky drivers behind the wheels of semi-trucks.

Top brass at MSP say, last year on the roads, they saw a 41 percent increase in deaths involving commercial vehicles. The great majority of those crashes involved semis.

In response to those numbers, MSP will begin Operation "Summer of Semi Safe D" on Monday, June 26.

Motor Carrier Officers with the department will be paying close attention to everyone on the roads looking for unsafe driving behaviors, like speeding and distracted driving. However, studies show, in 2016, semi-tractor trailers were involved in 72 percent of the fatal accidents involving commercial vehicles. So, troopers are really going to be honing in on drivers of those big-rigs.

Officers will have a specific area of focus each week, beginning with speed and then will address following areas of concern:

  • S - Speed
  • A - Awareness (intersections, construction zones, lane use)
  • F - Fasten seat belts, Following too close
  • E - Education
  • D - Distracted driving

While talking to those semi-drivers, officers will actually be asking for help as well. Police will give out information on the 'Truckers Against Trafficking' program. That program calls on truck drivers to help in the fight of human trafficking by spotting signs that trafficking may be going on and reporting it.

The "Summer of Semi Safe D" campaign runs through the end of August.

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