Jake Elovirta joined the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) on Jan. 4, 2021, as its new director of enforcement programs. He will be responsible for developing and managing the Alliance’s traffic enforcement safety programs, projects and training.
Elovirta will apply his more than 30 years of transportation safety experience to provide leadership, guidance and direction to law enforcement personnel and the motor carrier industry on all aspects of commercial motor vehicle safety and traffic enforcement.
“We’re pleased to welcome Jake to CVSA headquarters staff,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “As we continue to advance the goals of the Alliance, we are devoting even more resources to traffic enforcement and public safety education initiatives. This new position further demonstrates our commitment to reducing roadway deaths and injuries attributable to driver behaviors, the leading cause of crashes.”
In addition to coordinating and managing the Alliance’s traffic enforcement safety initiatives, Elovirta will also manage CVSA’s Human Trafficking Enforcement program and the Operation Safe Driver program and its associated traffic safety awareness and enforcement initiative, Operation Safe Driver Week. He will also develop and implement commercial motor vehicle traffic enforcement training programs and serve as the primary contact and resource regarding commercial motor vehicle traffic enforcement safety issues.
“I am happy to join the CVSA team,” said Elovirta. “As the new director of enforcement programs, I will work to address the needs of the membership, advocate the positions of the Alliance, and advance CVSA’s mission, goals and strategic plan. I’ve spent my entire professional career devoted to transportation safety and I plan to continue that lifelong commitment in this new role.”
Prior to joining CVSA, Elovirta spent 22 years with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles’ Enforcement and Safety Division. He served as safety chief of the department’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, then was appointed to colonel/director of the Enforcement and Safety Division. He retired in 2020 after a 32-year career in Vermont law enforcement.
Elovirta spent much of his law enforcement career focused on highway safety initiatives. He was Vermont’s first laser speed operator/instructor/trainer and is credited with having the first case law at the Vermont Judicial Bureau and Superior Court levels to accept the scientific reliability of laser speed determination devices for speed enforcement in Vermont.
Elovirta was a Level I commercial motor vehicle inspector, certified through CVSA. He also held a number of CVSA leadership positions, serving as the Region I president and vice president, as well as chair of the Information Systems Committee.
Elovirta earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Norwich University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He also completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organization training program.