CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver enforcement lasts through July 21
July 17, 2018
•Land Line Staff
This week, traffic safety personnel will be conducting a heightened enforcement campaign targeting unsafe driving behaviors on commercial and passenger vehicles.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled to run through Saturday, July 21.
CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.
Examples of dangerous driver behaviors that enforcement personnel will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a commercial motor vehicle or in a passenger vehicle, following too closely, improper lane change, and failure to obey traffic control devices.
According to CVSA, unsafe driver behaviors by commercial and passenger vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.
Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations. The campaign is intended to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around CMVs – through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.
To find out about Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement events going on in your area, contact the agency or department responsible for overseeing CMV safety within your jurisdiction.