The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver Week has been set for the week of Oct.16-22, taking place across North America.
Law enforcement agencies will heighten traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach to combat unsafe driving behaviors by commercial vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers.
Law enforcement will be tracking violations like speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, distracted driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, traveling too closely and improper lane changes.
Last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week pulled over 21,000 commercial and passenger vehicles and conducted 19,480 roadside inspections.
The most common warnings and citations issued to commercial vehicle drivers last year were for speeding, failure to use a seatbelt, failure to obey a traffic control device and using a handheld phone. Ultimately, 3,929 warnings were given out to commercial drivers along with 4,062 citations.
Passenger-vehicle drivers were pulled over most often for speeding and were overall pulled over at a higher rate than commercial drivers.
Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by the CVSA in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations. It aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner and to initiate educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address those exhibiting high-risk behaviors.
To find out more about enforcement events going on in your area, contact the agency/department responsible for overseeing commercial motor vehicle safety within your jurisdiction.