What You Need to Know About CVSA’s Upcoming North American Traffic-Enforcement Blitz

Greenbelt, MD – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) “Operation Safe Driver Week” is coming up.

The annual seven-day enforcement blitz will take place Sunday, July 11 through Saturday, July 17.




 

In a recent announcement, CVSA said law enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in risky driving behaviors in or around a CMV.

This year’s traffic-enforcement campaign will specifically be focused on cracking down on speeding.

CVSA said it selected speeding as its focus “because despite a drop in roadway travel last year due to the pandemic, nationally, traffic fatalities increased.”

According to data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic fatalities rose about 7.2% in 2020 compared to 2019.

The alarming rise represents the highest level of traffic-related fatalities in thirteen years even despite Americans driving 430 billion fewer miles last year.

However, fatalities reported in crashes involving a large truck (gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 lbs.) decreased by 2% in 2020.




 

In addition to speeding, law enforcement agencies will also be on the lookout for what CVSA calls “other dangerous driver behaviors,” including:

• Reckless or aggressive driving;
• Distracted driving;
• Following too closely;
• Improper lane change;
• Failure to obey traffic control devices;
• Failure to use a seat belt;
• Evidence of drunk or drugged driving.

Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA and conducted in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from the motor carrier industry and transportation safety organizations.

 


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