Operation Safe Driver

Operation Safe Driver Week Oct 15-21, 2017

Operation Safe DriverOct. 13, 2017: We are big supporters of Operation Safe Driver Week starting Sunday, October 15, which will see a blitz of traffic warnings and citations in a bid to make our roads safer.

After all, it represents key elements of what our products set out to achieve: improving driver behavior by cutting down on speed, eliminating distracted driving and anticipating the road ahead to avoid an accident.

More than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of passenger-vehicle crashes are caused by poor driver behavior, according to the FMCSA’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study. Tackling the poor driver behavior that leads to these crashes is one of the aims behind the CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week.

Running from 15-21 October, the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) in partnership with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) will deploy a heightened traffic enforcement campaign. Enforcement personnel will look out for unsafe driving behaviors on our roads and will issue warnings or citations to CMV and passenger-vehicle drivers.

The aim of the week is to reduce the number crashes, deaths, and injuries caused by trucks, buses, and cars caused by unsafe driving behavior. Through education and traffic enforcement, Operation Safe Driver Week 2017 looks to improve all driver behavior. Fleet managers, of course, focus on safety on a daily basis, but Operation Safe Driver Week can serve as a reminder to all drivers of the importance of safety on the road.

In 2016, Operation Safe Driver Week resulted in:

  • 20,648 citations or warnings in the US and Canada.
  • 19,657 were in the US, 991 in Canada.
  • There were 11,182 citations for CMV drivers.
  • 6% of CMV driver warnings and citations were for speeding, compared to just 4% for passenger-vehicle drivers.
  • 7 CMV drivers received a citation for driving while ill or fatigued, 38 received a warning.

The top 5 warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers and Passenger-Vehicle Drivers in 2016 during Operation Safe Driver Week were:

To ensure safety on the road during this Safe Driver Week, here are some of the examples of dangerous driving behavior personnel will be watching out for:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting
  • Failure to use a seatbelt
  • Traveling too closely
  • Improper lane changes
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices

The Operation Safe Driver Program week was started in 2007 by the CVSA, working alongside the FMCSA. It has support from the industry as well as transportation safety organizations. Its main aim is to decrease the number of deaths associated with crashes involving large trucks, buses and private passenger vehicles caused by unsafe driving. Through enforcement and education, it looks to address high-risk driving behavior.

To continue the good work after Safe Driver Week finishes, ask us for a demo of all the safety aspects in our solution.