Traffic enforcement personnel will be watching the roads closely next week for unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial drivers and individual drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week July 15-21, 2018.
This initiative of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, and ultimately, deaths and injuries due to unsafe driving behaviors involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles.
Some of the types of unsafe driving behaviors that enforcement personnel will be looking out for during Operation Safe Driver Week are distracted driving in any form, texting, speeding, following too closely, improper lane change, rolling stops through traffic lights and stop signs, not wearing a seatbelt, etc.
Every driver can easily prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week by being conscious of the following safe driving habits while behind the wheel:
- Follow all traffic laws.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Obey posted speed limits.
- Do not use your cell phone.
- Do not drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.
- Practice safe driving habits at all times.
Here are a few additional ways commercial drivers can prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week:
- Monitor your hours of service documentation for violations.
- Track the expiration of your drivers’ medical cards.
- Train drivers how to respond to typical questions about their logs, trips, cargo, insurance, registration, license and their vehicle.
- Pre and Post-trip inspections of the vehicle.
Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations. The program aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around commercial motor vehicles – through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.
Being prepared for Operation Safe Driver Week is simple: practice safe driving habits and follow all motor vehicle laws. And continue to do so all year long every time you are on the road.