The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week starts today. From July 14-20, law enforcement personnel will identify, pull over and issue warnings or citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, etc.
In 2017, at least one driver-related factor was recorded for 32% of commercial motor vehicle drivers and 54% of passenger vehicle drivers in fatal crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Furthermore, speeding was the most frequent driver-related factor for drivers of both vehicle types. As a result, CVSA selected speeding as the focus for this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week. Law enforcement jurisdictions throughout North America will be endorsing, promoting and supporting the following message: Late won’t kill you, speeding will.
Operation Safe Driver Week aims not only to identify real-time dangerous driving behaviors on our roadways, but also to prevent those behaviors from occurring in the first place through driver education. Throughout the week, law enforcement and transportation safety officials will also offer educational safety programs to the motor carrier population and the motoring public.
To find out about Operation Safe Driver Week events in your area, contact the agency/department responsible for overseeing commercial motor vehicle safety within your jurisdiction.
CVSA – in partnership with FMCSA, law enforcement and the motor carrier industry – launched the Operation Safe Driver Program in 2007 to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from unsafe driving behaviors.