Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Photo: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week starts this Sunday, Oct. 15, and run through the following Saturday, Oct. 21. During that time, law enforcement personnel across the country will be focusing on identifying unsafe driving behavior by both truckers and motorists.

CVSA stated that because unsafe driver behaviors make up the leading cause of crashes, law enforcement will engage in “heightened traffic safety enforcement and educational outreach” during Operation Safe Driver Week, including issuing warnings and/or citations as warranted.

The Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries involving commercial vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. During the week, there will be increased commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.

Examples of dangerous driver behaviors that enforcement personnel will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, traveling too closely, improper lane changes, and failure to obey traffic control devices, as well as other offenses.

Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA in partnership with FMCSA. CVSA said the effort “to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around a CMV – through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.”

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