Week-long truck driver inspection blitz set for July

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced the dates for this year’s “Operation Safe Driver Week”, during which officers nationwide will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviors. This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week will take place from July 15 — 21. The CVSA says they they’ll be monitoring both commercial vehicle drives and passenger vehicle drivers for unsafe driving behaviors The unsafe driving behaviors that officers will be enforcing include speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, following too closely, improper lane change, and failure to obey traffic control devices.

According to a release from the CVSA, unsafe driving is to blame for “more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.” Last year, Operation Safe Driver Week took place on October 15 — 21. During that period, law enforcement issued 59,193 warnings and citations to both commercial motor vehicle drivers and motorists. Of those nearly 60,000 citations and warnings, 38,878 were issued to commercial vehicle drivers.

Here are the top five offenses for CMV drivers during last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week:

The top 5 CMV offenses:

  1. State/Local Moving Violations – 84.2 percent (of warnings/citations)
  2. Speeding – 7.4 percent
  3. Failure to Use Seat Belt – 2.6 percent
  4. Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device – 2.5 percent
  5. Using a Handheld Phone – 0.8 percent
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