Washington, DC — Dangerous and aggressive be warned; the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is about to launch a new road safety campaign: Operation Safe Driver. The aim is to improve commercial and non-commercial driver behavior and performance through effective enforcement, education, and awareness strategies. The program will occur October 21-28, 2007 across North America.
CVSA says twelve percent of the fatal crashes on highways in the U.S. involve trucks and buses. The number is a little higher in Ontario, reports OPP Sergeant Cam Woolley.
“Normally the fatality rate involving trucks on Ontario highways is about 15 percent,” Woolley told Today’s Trucking. “This past fall, though, the rate has crept up to 17.5 percent.”
Research has shown that most fatal crashes stem from decisions or actions made by the driver – passenger vehicle drivers as well as commercial operators.
The objectives of the Operation Safe Driver campaign are to:
- Increase non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity;
- Increase safety belt enforcement activity;
- Increase driver roadside inspections;
- Increase driver regulatory compliance;
- Implement commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; and,
- Increase the awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.
“Through Operation Safe Driver, CVSA and our partners in law enforcement aim to take enforcement action against unsafe and fatigued commercial drivers and non-commercial drivers operating in an unsafe manner around commercial drivers, and to raise the awareness of the motoring public about the hazards of operating around commercial vehicles,” said Stephen F. Campbell, CVSA’s Executive Director.
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