The industry continues to work with local and state leaders to secure more funding to help western North Dakota catch up with its infrastructure, but even then, construction can and does take some time. That’s why the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation, North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol have partnered to promote traffic safety and encourage responsible driving habits. This includes urging motorists to avoid passing if possible (and passing with caution if passing is unavoidable), being patient, sharing the road, buckling up, and avoiding distractions from cell phones, texting or other use of other devices.
With more activity and people in western North Dakota, it is important as ever to share the road with other passenger vehicles and trucks that are all hoping to reach their destinations safely. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, keep in mind the following tips when following or approaching trucks, buses, semis or other large vehicles:
NO-ZONES are danger areas around trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur. Some of those No-Zones are actual blind spots where your car “disappears” from the view of the truck or bus driver.