One of North America’s largest enforcement blitzes is just around the corner. Operation Safe Driver Week begins on July 14th and runs for an entire week.
Every year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week sees law enforcement across North America cracking down on “unsafe driving behaviors” around Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs). The goal of the program is to reduce the number of people killed in large truck crashes.
This year, the CVSA has selected speeding as the emphasis area for enforcement officers. The message that the CVSA has been pushing is “Late won’t kill you, speeding will.” Officers will also be on the lookout for other violations including distracted driving, texting, following too closely, improper lane changes, and more.
Unlike some other enforcement blitzes, Operation Safe Driver Week isn’t targeted at truckers only. While CMV drivers are a focus, enforcement officers are also on the lookout for unsafe driving by passenger vehicles around CMVs as well. In fact, during last year’s Safe Driver Week nearly nine times as many passenger vehicle drivers were cited for speeding as CMV drivers.
“For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities,” said CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson according to a CVSA press release. “That is unacceptable, especially because it’s preventable. We will continue to educate the public on the dangers of speeding and we will identify individuals who are speeding on our roadways and may issue citations as a deterrent to future speeding tendencies and to affect diver behavior.”