State Police to launch Safe Driving Week

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Federal and state transportation and law-enforcement agencies will hold a media event in Yonkers Monday to launch the North American-wide Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 14 to 20, in an effort to persuade motorists to drive without distractions.

Operation Safe Driver Week will focus on how motorists can drive safely around large trucks and the need for truck and bus operators, as well as passenger vehicle drivers, to follow the rules of the road, avoid aggressive and unsafe driving behaviors without distractions and while buckled up, the New York State Police said in a news release Saturday. During the week, authorities will will aim to prevent texting while driving among teens, the release said.

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The nationwide campaign involves the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, along with the New York State Police, FedEx and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Nearly 4,000 people are killed and another 100,000 others are injured in truck and bus crashes on the nation's highways each year, the release said. In addition, a new CDC survey revealed that 58 percent of high school seniors and 43 percent of high school juniors said they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month, according to the release.

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