Enforcement teams prepare for focus on unsafe drivers

GREENBELT, Md. – Roadside enforcement teams are preparing for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week, scheduled for July 15-21. And that means focusing on unsafe drivers.

Issues tracked during the blitz will include speeding, distracted driving, texting, failing to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane changes, and failing to obey traffic control devices among others.

Last year’s blitz saw 38,878 citations and warnings issued for unsafe driving behaviors, and 20,315 of those were to people at the wheel of passenger vehicles.

The alliance cites the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study, which found that driver behavior is a critical reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of passenger vehicle crashes.

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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  • Officers are invited to come ride with me and see all the cars and trucks that cross the centre line and run me onto the shoulder on a daily basis.

  • Nothing against Truckers but just drive for 1/2 an hour on the 401 and you would see the number of vehicles that are following too close and not following the speed limits.

    Look at Manufacturing trends, of late everyone is building these power houses [vehicles] with huge engines, the vehicles are so fast and we give 16 year old licences