Mark your calendars for Oct. 15-21. That’s when law enforcement agencies throughout North America will be participating in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week.
During that week, law enforcement agencies will increase traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach for commercial vehicle drivers. Warnings and citations will be handed out to truckers and passenger vehicle drivers exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors.
Unsafe driving behaviors include – but are not limited to – speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use seatbelt, traveling too closely, improper lane change and failure to obey traffic control devices.
Last year, speeding and other state and local moving violations accounted for nearly three-quarters of all citations issued during Safe Driver Week. Nearly 21,000 commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers were pulled over. Nearly 20,000 citations were issued in the U.S. and the remaining 1,000 in Canada.
The top five warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers were:
- State and Local Moving Violations – 56.7 percent
- Speeding – 19.6 percent
- Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device – 7.6 percent
- Failure to Use Seatbelt While Operating CMV – 7.1 percent
- Using a Handheld Phone – 2.4 percent
Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations.
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