‘Operation Safe Driver’ enforcement blitz to take place next week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual ‘Operation Safe Driver Week’ enforcement event will take place next week, October 15th through the 21st.

According to a CVSA Press Release, during the week-long enforcement event, an increased number of law enforcement officers will be on the lookout for motorists and commercial drivers “exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors” throughout the United States and Canada.

The agency says the intention is to “help reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors.”

“Driver behavior [is] the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle crashes,” the CVSA said.

Some of the unsafe driving behaviors that officers will be looking for include: improper lane changes, traveling too closely, failure to obey traffic signs and devices, as well as speeding and distracted driving.

During last year’s (2016) ‘Operation Safe Driver Week,’ 9,466 citations or warnings were issued to private passenger-vehicle drivers, and 11,182 citations or warnings were issued to CMV drivers.

“The CVSA in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations… aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around a CMV – through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors,” the CVSA’s press release added.