Operation Safe Driver Week Set for Oct 18-24
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently wrapped up their sponsorship of Brake Safety Week, which ran from Sept 6 -12 of this year. The campaign is part of the larger Operation Airbrake program that the two organizations co-sponsor. The biggest percentage of violations seen during 2014 roadside inspections were brake-related, coming in at a whopping 46.2%. During the week, CMV inspectors scrutinized the brake systems of buses and trucks, looking for everything from minor adjustments like worn pads or linings, to larger violations such as missing parts or leaking hydraulic fluid. Each year this program ensures that commercial motor vehicles can operate safely each day under tough conditions, as long as their brake systems, as well as others, are well maintained for the life of the vehicle.
CVSA has now announced their Operation Safe Driver Week will be held one month later, on Oct 18-14 this year. Throughout the week, law enforcement agencies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be on the lookout for a variety of violations from both commercial and non-commercial drivers in an effort to heighten safety on our nation’s highways. They will be watching for traffic violations, enforcing seat belt use and conducting roadside inspections to help enhance the safety of all drivers. Law enforcement and transportation safety officials will also be conducting educational outreach and safety awareness programs at schools, state capitals, state fairs, truck rodeos and sporting events for all motorists.
During the week last year, over 59,080 commercial vehicle drivers and car drivers were pulled over by law enforcement officers for driving behaviors deemed unsafe. A total of 4,337 law enforcement officials collected data from 1,549 locations across the U.S. and Canada, giving us the top five warnings and citations issued for commercial drivers and non-commercial motorists. Commercial: 1) Speeding 2) Failure to use a safety belt 3) Failure to obey traffic control devices 4) Improper lane change 5) Following too closely Non-Commercial 1) Speeding 2) Failure to use a safety belt 3) Failure to obey traffic control devices 4) Possession/use/under the influence of alcohol 5) Improper lane change The Operation Safe Driver campaign began in 2007 in an effort to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths related to crashes in which large trucks, buses and cars were involved. From 2011 through 2013 in the U.S. alone, there were 12,502 people killed and over 287,000 injures resulting from accidents involving at least one bus or truck. Multi-vehicle crashes with cars accounted for over 70% of these deaths and injuries. In most cases, the accidents are caused as a direct result from the driver, whether commercial or not. The goals of the campaign are: improve driver regulatory compliance; put in place commercial driver
educational and awareness programs for all drivers; educate young drivers about how to drive on roads with large trucks and buses safely; and boost awareness to the general motoring public on how to safely operation while around commercial motor vehicles.