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CVSA Starts Operation Safe Driver Week July 12th

You might remember us writing about the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) delaying the International Roadcheck due to the coronavirus. The CVSA has decided to not let COVID-19 get in the way of its next event, however: Operation Safe Driver Week.

Operation Safe Driver Week

The CVSA describes the event as a time where “law enforcement agencies across North America engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger-vehicle drivers.”

This means if your business plans to be up and about during the week of July 12-18, you had best be on your best behavior to avoid being pulled over. During this time, law enforcement is more likely to cite you for either a moving violation or an equipment violation.

Statistics

If you want to reduce your chances of obtaining a ticket and fine, Overdrive has compiled data showing states that have the highest tendencies to crack down on moving violations and states that have the highest rate of roadside inspections.

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Images from Overdrive Online.

Based on this data, the one state you should avoid at all costs is Indiana. Indiana takes second place for both metrics, making it the overall highest risk of receiving an expensive ticket.

Click to be taken to Overdrive’s article on the subject.

Conclusion

The CVSA reported last year’s data for Operation Safe Driver Week. Moving violations for trucks and buses resulted in 1,454 citations and 2,126 warnings. Equipment inspections resulted in 6,170 citations and 27,163 warnings.

In terms of inspections, Operation Safe Driver Week is similar to an International Roadcheck. The main difference, however, is that the inspectors are members of law enforcement and have the power to give fines or even suspend licenses. Compare with CVSA inspectors who, at worst, would put your vehicle out of service until you fix the source of the violation.

If you plan to be out on the road the week of July 12th, make sure your vehicle is in the best condition possible, and remember to drive even safer than you already do.

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