Operation Safe Driver is coming

By: Tom Bray

Publication: Transport Safety Management Today

Date Posted: 06/27/2022

Operation Safe Driver is an enforcement blitz conducted by law enforcement officers affiliated with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. It is set for July 10 to 16. During this week, the officers who conduct roadside inspections will be on the lookout for commercial vehicle drivers operating unsafely or in a risky manner. It will be all about driver traffic enforcement.

Traffic enforcement violations

In 2021, the most common driving violations cited on roadside inspection reports included:

  1. Speeding, 6 to 10 mph over the limit
  2. Failure to obey traffic control device
  3. Failure to wear seat belt
  4. Lane restriction
  5. Speeding, 11 to 14 mph over the limit
  6. State vehicle registration (plate)
  7. Inoperable required light
  8. Speeding, 1 to 5 mph over the limit
  9. Speeding, 15 mph or more over the limit
  10. Using a hand-held telephone

Speeding will be the focus area of Operation Safe Driver this year. As you can see, in 2021 speeding accounted for four of the top 10 violations. According to CVSA, speeding is a contributing factor in over 25 percent of the highway fatalities. The only contributing factors with a higher percentage are not using a seat belt and driving while intoxicated.

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Reduce your exposure

Much like International Roadcheck, if you know what the officers are looking for and the most common violations, you can take steps to reduce your possible exposure. This includes refreshing your drivers on:

  • Obeying the speed limits,
  • Reading and obeying signs,
  • Defensive driving,
  • The traffic codes,
  • Avoiding distracted driving, and
  • Conducting a thorough pretrip inspection.

There has been a recent increase in highway fatalities. These fatalities have been tied to an increase in speeding, reckless/careless driving, and intoxicated driving. Thus, it would be reasonable to expect increased traffic enforcement to continue after Operation Safe Driver.

Key to remember: If your drivers routinely operate safely and compliantly in traffic, Operation Safe Driver should be just another week on the calendar!

About the author
Tom Bray - Transportation Editor

Tom has been with J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. since 2005. He brought with him an extensive background that includes years of experience in DOT compliance, policy development, driver human resources, driver training, training program development, CDL testing, claims management, and accident and injury prevention.

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