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Operation Safe Driver stretches through GA, SC on I-95

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

There is a trooper stationed every six miles along Interstate 95 through Georgia and South Carolina, looking out for big rigs breaking the law.

But they've also got their eyes on you.

This is a big push to get unsafe truckers off the road.

Big rig accidents are a big problem on I-95, with Georgia ranking fourth in the nation for wrecks involving commercial vehicles.

For the next 72 hours, troopers are going to be cracking down on big trucks, pulling them over for inspections and citing drivers for staying on the road too long.

The crackdown stretches 900 miles, from North Carolina to Miami, involving 400 troopers. That comes to one on-duty trooper for every six miles of road.

Their focus is big rigs, but they'll be keeping an eye on everyone, looking out for speeders, drunk drivers and drivers with cell phones in their hands.

"You are more likely to be involved in an accident than you are to be a victim of a violent crime," said Col. Mark McDonough, the Georgia Commissioner of Public Safety. "A member of your family is more apt to be injured or killed by poor behavior than by someone else's behavior toward you."

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, most wrecks involving big rigs aren't the trucker's fault. The other driver is found to have caused the accident 75 percent of the time.

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