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Operation Southern Shield cracks down on commercial drivers violating road rules

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TUCSON- The Arizona Department of Safety is cracking down on poor driving of those behind the wheel of big rigs. It's all part of a multi-agency initiative called Operation Southern Shield. 

DPS along with a number of local police departments, have taken part in the safety campaign between March 6-8, enforcing state and federal commercial vehicle laws.

Law enforcement is looking for behaviors such as speed, improper lane changes, texting and driving and following vehicles too closely.

Trooper Danny Morales, who’s worked for DPS for 12 years, specializes in stopping commercial vehicles.

Over the past couple days, he’s performed more than 20 inspections.

“99 percent of the time they're not looking up and looking around. Actually, the signs are right there in front of them,” Morales said.

A lack of sleep when operating a big rig can lead to a host of problems ranging from swerving in and out of traffic to following vehicles too closely.

"Commercial motor vehicles come right on the car so they're following way too close and if the car had to react to something in the roadway, that semi is not going to be able to stop in time,” Morales said.

Non-commercial vehicles are also being stopped for driving dangerously around big rigs.


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