Operation Safe Driver Week begins this Sunday, July 15 and will continue until Saturday, July 21. Are you prepared?
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s education event will have traffic safety personnel on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviours by commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased vehicle traffic enforcement.
Examples of dangerous driver behaviours that enforcement personnel will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, etc.
Unsafe driver behaviours by CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes, the Alliance says. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behaviour as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.
In 2017, nearly 39,000 citations and warnings were issued to truck drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week. More than 84 percent of these violations were for state and local moving violations.