GREENBELT, Md. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21.
Traffic safety personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers.
Unsafe driver behaviors by CMV and passenger vehicle drivers continue to be the leading cause of crashes, said a CVSA news release, adding that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes.
Examples of dangerous driving behaviors that enforcement personnel will be tracking throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are 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. (Only Montana and Arizona don’t have anti texting-while-driving laws while Missouri bans the behavior for drivers 21 and younger.)
CVSA's Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles because of unsafe driving behaviors. During the designated week there will be increased CMV and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.
CVSA sponsors the week of enforcement in partnership with the FMSCA and with the support of industry and transportation safety organizations.
The focus is on improving the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner — either in or around CMVs — through educational and traffic enforcement strategies.