CVSA to Crackdown on “Alarming Trend” in Upcoming Enforcement Blitz
Greenbelt, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is moving forward with its upcoming Operation Safe Driver Week and will be focusing on what it is calling an “alarming trend.”
In an announcement on Tuesday, the CVSA says recent data compiled during the COVID-19 pandemic reveals average speeds along interstate highways, state highways and expressways in the five largest U.S. metropolitan areas increased by as much as 75% compared to January and February.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, less traffic may be encouraging some drivers to ignore traffic safety laws, including speed limits.
As a result, CVSA says it will crackdown on speeding in its upcoming Operation Safe Driver Week set for July 12-18.
CVSA cited some recent examples of increased speeding.
For instance, in New York City, transportation officials reported an increase of more than 60% in the number of speed camera tickets issued in March compared to a year ago.
At the same time, traffic was down more than 90% compared to January.
In Minnesota, motor vehicle crashes and fatalities more than doubled compared to the same time period in previous years.
Half those deaths were related to speeding or careless or negligent driving, CVSA says.
In addition to a focus on speeding, examples of other dangerous driver behaviors that law enforcement will track during Operation Safe Driver Week include: distracted driving, failure to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, evidence of drunk or drugged driving, etc.
Though CVSA suspended its annual International Roadcheck enforcement initiative, which was scheduled for May 5-7, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance is still moving forward with Brake Safety Week slated for August 23-29.
Officials previously said International Roadcheck would be rescheduled for later this year.
However, CVSA has yet to announce a new date.
TransportationNation.com will bring you the latest if/when CVSA makes such an announcement.