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CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 16-22, 2016 in North America is coming to a law enforcement agency near you.

No it does not mean the cops are looking for bad drivers or getting in the monthly performance objectives for vehicle/violator contact goals, it is all about safety and doing a serious check up on bad drivers in North America.

In addition, there is an annual one-week enforcement and educational blitz held, called Operation Safe Driver Week, held every October to spotlight unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle drivers and car drivers in an effort to combat the number of deaths and injuries from crashes. “Everyone traveling on our highways and roads should reach their destination safely,” by working together through efforts like Operation Safe Driver, crashes will be prevented and lives will be saved.”  Operation Safety Driver Week will pay close attention to the way commercial and passenger vehicles share the road.

Law enforcement agencies throughout North America will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle (car) drivers as part of CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week, Oct. 16-22, 2016. This safety blitz has all drivers in mind and  North America will engage in increased traffic safety enforcement and education that will be focused on at combating unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers.

Sorry but true and measured by Stats

Driver behavior is the reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of passenger-vehicle crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation study. Commonly dangerous factors include speeding, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control device, traveling too closely, and improper lane changes.

Practice Safe Driving Habits

Always use your seatbelt when operating a commercial motor vehicle, follow the posted speed limits, and drive for the conditions. Make safety a priority by incorporating these habits into your daily routine

  • Avoid Distracted Driving

Let’s be honest – we’ve all done some sort of distracted driving. Answering your phone, sending a quick text message, playing with the radio, eating while driving, etc. Pull over, do what you need to do, and then get back on the road. It might add a couple more minutes to your trip but it could save a life!

  • Obey Hours-of-Service Regulations
  • Hours-of-service (HOS) violations accounted for nearly half of all driver related violations in 2015! Always ensure that you’re running in compliance with the rules and regulations required for your industry and locations.

Operation Safe Driver holds activities across the United States, Canada and Mexico to increase commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, and driver roadside inspections; improve driver regulatory compliance; implement commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; educate youth about safely sharing the roads with large trucks and buses; and increase awareness to the general motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.

Examples of unsafe driver behaviors that enforcement will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, traveling too closely, improper lane change, etc.

The top five warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers were:

1. size and weight

2. speeding

3. failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV

4. failure to obey traffic control device

5. using a handheld phone

The top five warnings and citations issued to non-CMV (passenger vehicle) drivers were:

1. speeding

2. failure to use a seatbelt

3. failure to obey traffic control device

4. following too closely

5. improper lane change

Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations, and aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either by or around commercial motor vehicles – and to initiate educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address those exhibiting high-risk behaviors.

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