Operation Safe Driver week is a safe-driving awareness initiative that is geared to improve the driving behaviors of passenger vehicle drivers and commercial vehicle drivers. By implementing various educational and traffic enforcement tactics and interactions, CVSA is confident that with the help of our law enforcement our roadways will become safer.
This year, Operation Safe Driver Week is set to take place July 11-17. The main focal point for this year is speeding. Even though there was a significant decrease in highway travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year, there was an increase in traffic fatalities which came as an eye-opener. The National Safety Council’s (NSC) preliminary estimates revealed that there was a 24% increase in the estimated rate of deaths on US roadways over a 12-month period, even with a 13% decrease in miles travelled nationwide. This is reportedly the highest estimated year-over-year jump calculated in the last 96 years. Speeding is a serious issue on the roads and statistics show that it has been a factor in more than a quarter of traffic accident fatalities since 2008, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway safety.
While their focus is speed, law enforcement will also be keeping a close watch for other dangerous driving behaviors such as reckless or aggressive driving, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, running stop signs and stoplights, DUIs, and drivers not wearing their seatbelts, etc.
Programs like Operation Safe Driver Week are implemented with intent to end these unfortunately common unsafe driving behaviors in and around commercial motor vehicles. When identified by law enforcement, offenders will be pulled over and issued a citation or warning. Over time, as life slowly returns to normal, it is likely that speeding will decrease with the influx of traffic. However, it is crucial that drivers are continually reminded of the importance of safe driving habits and being alert for other drivers around them as well. Safe driving, everyone!
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