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CVSA Announces Safe Driver Week Dates

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that July 9-15 are this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week

Operation Safe Driver is a program which aims to correct unsafe driving behaviors and educate drivers on road safety.

CVSA launched the Operation Safe Driver campaign in 2007, in partnership with FMCSA. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars.

According to CVSA, the Operation Safe Driver Program:

  • Targets unsafe driving behaviors by passenger vehicle drivers and commercial drivers.
  • Educates youth about safely sharing the roads with large trucks and buses.
  • Offers commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population.
  • Increases awareness to the general motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.
  • Aims to improve commercial motor driver regulatory compliance.
  • Conducts passenger vehicle and commercial motor vehicle traffic enforcement initiatives.

The duration of this year’s Safe Driving Week will consist of law enforcement officers in Canada, Mexico, and the US will be on high alert for commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving practices. 

Upon finding those violations, law enforcement will issue warnings or issue a ticket to those drivers.

Many have criticized the program for targeting truck drivers, and while this is a valid concern, it is important to recognize that drivers account for 94% of all traffic crashes

Last year, roadway fatalities increased 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven dropping 13%. 

With the decrease in the number of vehicles on our roadways last year due to the pandemic, CVSA anticipated a decrease in roadway fatalities; however, not only did the rate of roadway deaths increase, that increase is the highest estimated year-over-year jump the National Safety Council has calculated in 96 years.

“This weeklong driver safety traffic enforcement and awareness campaign aims to identify unsafe drivers, deter dangerous driving behaviors and prompt positive driving habits through officer interactions with drivers,” the news release noted. “Data shows that traffic stops and interactions with law enforcement help reduce problematic driving behaviors.”

Some examples of unsafe driving practices are speeding, improper lane changes, driving under the influence, texting and driving, and failure to wear a seatbelt. 

Every year, CVSA picks one driving behavior to focus on, this year is speeding

“CVSA has continued to focus on speeding because it remains a persistent problem on our roadways,” the news release stated. “Speeding increases the frequency and severity of crashes, and unsafe speeds are a well-documented factor in fatalities and injuries.”

The goal for this year’s safety week is to, “Promote safer speeds in all roadway environments through a combination of thoughtful, equitable, context-appropriate roadway design, targeted education, outreach campaigns, and enforcement.”

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