CVSA Releases 2017 Operation Safe Driver Week Results
(Dec. 12) – In October, truck safety enforcement personnel throughout the United States and Canada focused their efforts on both passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The results were revealing.
In an effort to improve highway safety, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted its annual Operation Safe Driver Week this year during the week of October 15 – 21. CVSA member agencies throughout the United States and Canada increased roadway traffic safety enforcement and education. Their aim: to address dangerous driving behaviors by all highway users – not just CDL drivers.
CVSA is comprised of federal, state, and local CMV safety officials in the U.S. and provincial, territorial, and local safety officials in Canada. The Alliance aims to achieve uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial motor vehicle inspections and enforcement by certified inspectors dedicated to driver and vehicle safety.
The Operation Safe Driver Program aims to combat the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles through educational and enforcement strategies in an effort to improve the driving behaviors of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner, either in or around commercial motor vehicles.
During the week law enforcement officials issued a total of 59,193 warnings and citations for unsafe driving behaviors.
The top five warnings/citations issued to CMV drivers were:
- State/Local Moving Violations – 84.2 percent (of warnings/citations)
- Speeding – 7.4 percent
- Failure to Use Seat Belt – 2.6 percent
- Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device – 2.5 percent
- Using a Handheld Phone – 0.8 percent
The top five warnings/citations issued to passenger vehicle drivers were:
- Speeding – 43.5 percent (of warnings/citations)
- State/Local Moving Violations – 36.2 percent
- Failure to Use Seat Belt – 9.4 percent
- Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device – 2.3 percent
- Improper lane change – 1.5 percent
Here are some interesting facts from this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week:
- 43.5 percent of passenger vehicle driver warnings/citations were issued for speeding, versus 7.4 percent of CMV driver warnings/citations.
- When it comes to distracted driving, 0.1 percent of CMV driver warnings/citations were for texting and 0.8 percent were for using a handheld phone. For passenger vehicle drivers, 0.7 percent of warnings/citations were for texting and 0.5 percent were for using a handheld phone.
- For both CMV drivers (2.6 percent) and passenger vehicle drivers (9.4 percent) failure to wear a seat belt was the third most cited traffic enforcement violation for each group.
- Less than one percent of warnings/citations for CMV drivers (0.6 percent) and passenger vehicle drivers (0.9 percent) were for following too closely.
- 16 CMV drivers received a warning/citation for using/equipping a CMV with a radar detector.
- A small percentage of warnings/citations were for inattentive or careless driving – 0.2 percent of CMV drivers and 1.3 percent of passenger vehicle drivers.
- 19 CMV drivers received a citation for operating their vehicle while ill or fatigued; 86 received a warning.
“Countless lives are tragically lost on our roadways due to unsafe, risky, inattentive or careless acts by drivers,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “In fact, driver behavior is often the most important factor in crashes. Operation Safe Driver Week raises awareness about safe driver operations in and around trucks and buses.”