State listens to truck operators about safety and regulations

State listens to truck operators about safety and regulations South Dakota has begun a study of truck operator perception of South Dakota Motor Carrier Enforcement activities. South Dakota's over the road truckers, business operators, farmers and ranchers will be randomly selected and asked to participate in a telephone survey.

This representative group of truck operators will be asked to express their opinions about trucking safety, regulation and enforcement in South Dakota. State officials will use this information to identify ways to improve service to the trucking community and make roadways safer.

The survey of approximately 500 truck operators is scheduled to begin after Labor Day, and will be conducted by an independent market research firm. Survey responses will be confidential. Results are to be analyzed, published, and presented to the South Dakota Highway Patrol's Motor Carrier Enforcement Unit by the end of October.

The work is being performed by MarketLine Research under the direction of the South Dakota Department of Transportations Office of Research.

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