Trucks Cited for Size/Weight During Safe Driver Week

January 05, 2016

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Vehicle size and weight violations topped the list of the most common warnings and citations given during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week inspection event in October.

Operation Safe Driver Week took place from Oct. 18-24, 2015 during which law enforcement officers pulled over more than 21,000 commercial and passenger vehicles while also conducting 19,480 roadside inspections.

The event is a CVSA program aimed at decreasing the number of fatalities and injuries caused by unsafe driving behaviors.

Rounding out the top five warnings and citations issued to commercial vehicle drivers were speeding, failure to use a seatbelt, failure to obey a traffic control device, and using a handheld phone. There were 3,929 warnings given out to commercial drivers and 4,062 citations.

Speeding was by far the most common reason passenger vehicles were pulled over, making up 27.3% of all warnings and citations vs. 9.3% for commercial drivers. Non-commercial vehicles were also pulled over for failing to use a seat belt, failure to obey a traffic device, following too closely and improper lane change.

Non-commercial drivers were also given warnings and citations at a higher rate than commercial drivers, at 0.69 times per contact compared with 0.58 for commercial.

“Unsafe driving behaviors can result in lives lost. That’s what Operation Safe Driver Week aims to combat through driver enforcement and education,” said Jay Thompson,  CVSA president. “Our mission is to make our roadways as safe as possible.”

Operation Safe Driver was launched in 2007 by the CVSA 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.


  1. 1. Richard [ January 05, 2016 @ 01:26PM ]

    They should scale every single RV and Mororhome headed south for the winter.
    If they exceed the GVW on that vehicle they should make them stay behind the scale house until the weight can be removed, to the pound.
    Talk about dangerous, an overweight vehicle being driven by a very old person that has health issues and most likely cannot drive in a parking lot without hitting something in a car.
    Go To Yuma AZ in the winter and you will see what I mean.

  2. 2. Justin [ January 10, 2016 @ 12:20PM ]

    No doubt the roads would be way more safer if every driver and vehicle had to abide by all of the regulations that the trucking industry has to .
    I mean, an overloaded RV or boat trailer is just as dangerous as a big truck.It does not matter if a person is killed by a big truck or car,dead is dead.

  3. 3. jct [ February 03, 2016 @ 12:16PM ]

    it seems that weight is not an issue at around 80,000 lbs on some hgher ups think 96,000lbs is ok to haul with minimum experience driving a class 8 vehicle! with bridges in need of repair bad roads with snow on them and such things that are in drivers control stop letting it snow truck driver!!!


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