Statewide truck safety crackdown starts today

The Department of Motor Vehicles announced that beginning today it designated September for a special crackdown on unsafe trucks and their drivers throughout the state.

Enforcement will focus on reckless driving, speeding, following too close and unsafe lane changes, especially in high-crash corridors along Connecticut's busiest and most traveled highways.

Special federal funding is enabling DMV's Commercial Vehicle Safety Division to put extra patrols in high-crash zones. DMV inspectors will conduct increased inspections and driver-checks in these areas, which include Hartford, New Haven, Waterbury, and on I-95 in Fairfield County.

"Stepped-up safety enforcement is a firm reminder that unsafe commercial vehicle driving will not be tolerated on our roadways," DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said. "A vast majority of truck drivers are safe and professional. Others, who violate the law, threaten the safety of all vehicles on the road."

In addition, DMV inspectors this week will be performing motor coach safety inspections at the state's two casinos. This effort aims to ensure that drivers and their buses are following state and federal laws.

Truck and bus drivers who violate these laws face fines and, most especially, out-of-service orders stopping the use of a vehicle until repairs are made.