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FHP warning drivers of the "No Zone"

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Updated: 10/22/2013 8:20 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Troopers in St. Augustine are hoping to educate drivers on the "no zone" around trucks, the blind spot in mirrors that cause thousands of crashes every year.

If you're in your car rushing to your next destination, you may not have time for that slower semitrailer in front of you.

But choosing to speed around the truck could be a quick decision that turns into a deadly mistake.

"Over 3,600 people have been killed in large truck crashes," said Florida Highway Patrol Capt. Derek Barrs.

That's the reason driver Anastasia Albanis said she makes sure to keep her eye on bigger trucks while traveling.

"I keep my distance from them," said Albanis.

Barrs said there are four main "no zones," or blind spots, for a large truck, one on each side of the truck.

"Whether its that type of incident or just normal every day driving. We always need to be aware of these no zones," said Barrs.

Action News asked Barrs to set up a similar highway scenario.

Barrs placed three cars near a semitrailer, two on the sides, one in the back.

Action News reporters got into the truck and sure enough, couldn't see the cars in the truck mirrors.

"About one third of crashes that happen, happen in these no zones," said Barrs.

Remember, if you can't see the truck driver, they can't see you.

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