October 15-21, 2017 has been designated by Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) as Operation Safe Driver Week.
During this event, law enforcement agencies across North America engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors. Both commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers will be included.
CVSA holds this annual campaign to combat unsafe driver behaviors that continue to be the leading cause of roadway crashes. The U.S. DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of private passenger-vehicle crashes.
According to CVSA, activities will be held across the United States, Mexico and Canada, with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle, as well as non-commercial vehicle, traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver regulatory compliance, and driver roadside inspections.
Education is also an important component in this weeklong event. Law enforcement and transportation safety officials will offer awareness safety programs to the motor carrier population and the motoring public.
Last Year’s Results
During Operation Safe Driver Week 2016, commercial motor vehicle safety enforcement officers issued citations or warnings to 20,648 commercial vehicle and private passenger vehicle drivers for unsafe driving behaviors.
Last year’s 5 most-cited unsafe behaviors by commercial motor vehicle drivers (as a percentage of total CMV warnings and citations) were:
- State and local moving violations (56.7%)
- Speeding (19.6%)
- Failure to obey traffic control device (7.6%)
- Failing to use seatbelt while operating CMV (7.1%)
- Using a handheld phone (2.4%)
History of Operation Safe Driver Week
The Operation Safe Driver Program launched in 2007 by CVSA, in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations. The goal was to combat the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and private passenger vehicles by improving the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around commercial motor vehicles – and initiating educational and enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.