JEFFERSON CITY - Commercial motor vehicles are an important part of our nation's economy and make up a large portion of the traffic on our highways. While fewer of today's crashes involve commercial motor vehicles, they do still occur. Research shows that in the majority of these cases, drivers of passenger cars, especially young people, unnecessarily endanger themselves due to inattention and reckless driving around big rigs. Learning to drive safely near big rigs will help Missouri's drivers reduce their risk of serious injury or death. From April 16 to May 6, an awareness campaign will remind all motorists to drive safely around commercial motor vehicles. In turn, commercial motor vehicle drivers will be reminded to obey traffic laws, use their seat belts, slow down and pay attention. Some helpful reminders to keep you safe this travel season are:
Seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent. Drivers are required by state law to wear their seat belt. Failure to do so can result in a citation. Interstate commercial drivers risk both the driver and company's safety score if operating unbelted. For additional information regarding roadway safety, or other transportation-related topics, contact the MoDOT Customer Service Center toll free, at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636). For more information on the Big Trucks Campaign, visit www.savemolives.com.