During the week of Oct. 19-25, law enforcement agencies across North America will participate in Operation Safe Driver Week, sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).
Operated in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), with support from trucking industry and other transportation safety organizations, the weeklong effort is aimed at increasing traffic safety enforcement and education by commercial truck drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers.
In 2012, more than 4,100 people were killed and 126,000 were injured in large truck and bus crashes on the nation’s roadways, with many of those accidents the direct result of the drivers — both truck and bus drivers, as well as the passenger-vehicle drivers — operating unsafely around them.
CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver program was created to help to combat the number of deaths resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and cars.
During Operation Safe Driver Week, activities will be held across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance.
In addition to enforcement, education is an important component of Operation Safe Driver Week. Law enforcement and transportation safety officials will offer educational and awareness safety programs to the motor carrier population and the motoring public.
“We know most of these roadway tragedies are preventable. We can save lives, prevent injuries and improve public safety by reinforcing the importance of sharing the road safely,” said CVSA Executive Director Stephen A. Keppler. “CVSA is committed to saving lives and the Operation Safe Driver program helps us do that.”
Law enforcement officers stopped 74,765 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week — nearly triple the 26,487 stopped during the 2012 event. The top three reasons warnings and citations were issued were speeding, failing to use a safety belt, and failure to obey traffic control devices.
To find out about Operation Safe Driver Week educational and awareness events going on in your state, contact the Commercial Vehicle Safety Division within your local state police department.
For more information, visit www.operationsafedriver.org.