Are You Prepared for Operation Safe Driver Week?

10/22/15

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During Operation Safe Driver week law enforcement agencies throughout North America will increase traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle drivers and car drivers on the highway. Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and Provincial Transportation Ministries in Canada. It receives a great deal of support from industry and transportation safety organizations throughout North America. 

Every year more than 30,000 people are killed in traffic accidents throughout North America. Almost all of these were caused by an individual making a tragic mistake. While the number of fatalities due to vehicle crashes dropped for a number of years, it has held steady for the last two.  

Last year, during the week-long campaign, law enforcement officers pulled over 59,080 commercial vehicle drivers and car drivers for unsafe driving behaviors. Data was collected by 4,337 law enforcement officials at 1,549 locations across the United States and Canada. There also were outreach events throughout the week at high schools, state capitals, state fairs, truck rodeos, sporting events and other locations.

The top five warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers were: 

  1. Speeding
  2. Failure to use a seat belt
  3. Failure to obey traffic control devices
  4. Improper lane change
  5. Following too closely

The top five warning and citations issued to passenger car drivers were:

  1. Speeding 
  2. Failure to use a seat belt
  3. Failure to obey a traffic control device
  4. Possession/use/under the influence of alcohol
  5. Improper lane change

It is critical that we continue to educate our drivers on how to improve roadway driving behaviors. What continues to be truly amazing is that many drivers still do not wear seat belts. It is the law throughout North America and is the most important safety device in any vehicle. Oftentimes the second sentence we read in an article about a vehicle fatality is “occupant was ejected from the vehicle” which indicates that the deceased was not wearing a seat belt.

Never let the opportunity to share fleet safety tips with your drivers slip by. HUB transportation advisers provide safety training and risk management tools to help your drivers stay safe on the road day after day.

Contact us today to keep the conversation going on driver safety and to get new insights on contractual issues and regulation updates.