Speeding violations were the most common driving and safety violation commercial truck drivers were cited for during Operation Safe Driver. Running from October 19th – 25th of last year, Operation Safe Driver is a week long law enforcement effort to curb dangerous highway behavior involving truck and passenger car interactions that runs every year. Law enforcement agencies across the United States, Canada and Mexico took part in Operation Safe Driver.
Operation Safe Driver by the Numbers
The following numbers were released earlier this month by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).
- In 2014, 19,980 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) traffic enforcement contacts were made; the total was 29,048 in 2013. (A contact is a stop with resulting in a warning or a citation.)
- Total roadside inspections in 2014, including inspections of passenger vehicles, were 24,184 , versus 44,882 in 2013.
- The number of warnings and citations per contact to CMV drivers was 0.45.
- The percentage of warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers for speedingdecreased 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.
About Operation Safe Driver Week
Running for a number of years now, Operation Safe Driver Week aims to increase traffic enforcement for both commercial vehicles (trucks and buses) and non-commercial vehicles (passenger cars). The week includes an emphasis on safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance.
According to its website, driver education is a big part of Operation Safe Driver Week. Law enforcement and transportation safety officials will offer educational and awareness safety programs to the motor carrier population and the motoring public.
Sponsored by the CVSA, Operation Safe Driver Week receives support from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, companies and organizations within the trucking industry, as well as from a number of transportation safety groups and organizations.
As a truck accident lawyer, I am grateful to the CVSA for their efforts to improve road safety. By working to improve the safety of both commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger-car drivers, we can make real progress in reducing the number of accidents.