From October 15-21, 2017 Operation Safe Driver Week will take place across North America, which law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for dangerous driving behavior in both passenger vehicle drivers and commercial vehicle drivers.
Dangerous driving behavior such as speeding, aggressive driving, improper lane changes, texting, failure to wear a seat belt while operating a CMV and more will be specifically looked for among drivers in an effort to reduce deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and cars.
In 2016, the campaign yielded an increased number of citations including the top five for commercial vehicle drivers:
- State and local moving violations (including the misuse of absence of oversize/overweight permits)
- Failure to obey a traffic control device
- Failure to wear a seatbelt
- Use of a handheld device
Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the week-long campaign coincides with Operation Safe Driver, a program also aimed at reducing driver related deaths and injuries. The program has two main campaigns, “Teens and Trucks” and “Defeat Distracted Driving.”
Teens and Truck
The Teens and Trucks campaign aims to educate teen drivers about driving safely around large trucks and buses.
Defeat Distracted Driving
The Defeat Distracted Driving campaign aims to educate commercial vehicle drivers about the dangers of distracted driving and ways to avoid becoming distracted while on the roadways.
Operation Safe Drivers holds activities across North America, Canada and Mexico to increase commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement for things such as habitual seat-belt wearing, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance.
The Operation Safe Driver campaign was first launched in 2007 by the CVSA in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (CVSA) and reduce injury and death resulting from crashes involving large, commercial trucks, buses and cars.
The FMCSA’s “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes.