CVSA Operation Safe Driver 2014: Speeding, seat belts top list of violations

By Land Line staff | 2/5/2015

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance released the results of its October 2014 Operation Safe Driver Campaign, according to a press release issued by the agency on Thursday, Feb. 5.

The results: Speeding and failure to use a seat belt topped the list of driver violations, regardless of whether the drivers were in commercial or passenger vehicles.

According to the release, law enforcement officers found that non-commercial motor vehicle drivers speed significantly more so than commercial motor vehicle drivers. Non-CMV drivers were issued a warning or citation for speeding 52.3 percent of the time, versus 5.8 percent for CMV drivers.

“Operation Safe Driver takes a targeted approach to identifying and taking action on problem driver behaviors exhibited by commercial drivers and passenger vehicle drivers,” CVSA president Capt. William Reese of the Idaho State Police, said. “CVSA members and our partners are having an impact by applying effective enforcement and education strategies to ultimately improve safety for all motorists.”

The top five warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers were: (1) speeding, (2) failure to use a safety belt, (3) failure to obey traffic control devices, (4) improper lane change, and (5) following too closely.

Although speeding remains the top violation, data shows the percentage of violations is on a downward trend. Roughly 5.8 percent of CMV drivers were cited or warned for speeding in 2014, down from 7.3 percent in 2013, and 10.8 percent in 2012, according to CVSA’s own data.

The top five warnings and citations issued to non-CMV drivers were: (1) speeding, (2) failure to use a safety belt, (3) failure to obey a traffic control device, (4) possession/use/under the influence of alcohol, and (5) improper lane change.

Law enforcement officers pulled over 59,080 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during the weeklong enforcement campaign from Oct. 19 to 25, 2014. An additional 24,184 North American Standard Roadside Inspections were conducted by CVSA-certified inspectors on commercial drivers and vehicles. The data was collected by 4,337 law enforcement officials at 1,549 locations across the United States and Canada.

During the 2014 campaign, federal and state safety investigators also used driver performance data from FMCSA’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) algorithm to target motor carriers for on-site interventions, the release stated.

As a result, 193 compliance investigations were conducted during Operation Safe Driver 2014, and 23 percent of the motor carriers investigated received proposed Unsatisfactory Safety Ratings (versus 15 percent for all of 2014), while another 53 percent received proposed Conditional Safety Ratings (versus 28 percent for FY2014). In addition, 46 percent of the investigations resulted in enforcement actions (versus 33 percent for FY2014).

There also were outreach events throughout the week at high schools, state capitals, state fairs, truck rodeos, sporting events and other locations.

The CVSA release provided the following data from the 2014 enforcement campaign:

  • In 2014, 19,980 CMV traffic enforcement contacts were made, compared to 29,048 in 2013.
  • Non-CMV traffic enforcement contacts totaled 39,100 in 2014; there were 45,717 in 2013.
  • Roadside inspections totaled 24,184 in 2014 versus 44,882 in 2013.
  • The number of warnings and citations per contact to CMV drivers was 0.45 whereas the number of warnings/citations per contact to non-CMV drivers was 1.27, nearly triple the amount.
  • The percentage of warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers for speeding decreased from 7.3 percent in 2013 to 5.8 percent in 2014. It was 10.8 percent in 2012.
  • The percentage of warnings and citations issued to non-CMV drivers for speeding decreased from 56.0 percent in 2013 to 52.3 percent in 2014.
  • The percentage of warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers for failing to obey traffic control devices increased from 1.8 percent in 2013 to 2.5 percent in 2014.
  • The percentage of non-CMV drivers issued warnings and citations for alcohol possession/use/under the influence in 2014 was 1.7 percent; in 2013, it was 1.5 percent.
  • The percentage of warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers in 2014 for failure to use seat belts was 2.8 percent. It was 2.9 percent in 2013 and 3.8 percent in 2012. For non-CMV drivers, the percentage increased from 2.6 percent in 2013 to 4.1 percent in 2014.

Operation Safe Driver was launched in 2007 by CVSA, in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and a number of other transportation safety organizations, to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars by improving the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either by, in or around commercial vehicles – and initiating educational and enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk behaviors.

Click here for more information on Operation Safe Driver.

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