Annual nationwide enforcement blitz targeting unsafe drivers scheduled for July

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced the dates for this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement campaign today.

Operation Safe Driver Week is slated for July 15 — 21, 2018. During this week, law enforcement agencies across the U.S. will be on the lookout for unsafe driving behaviors by commercial vehicle drivers as well as passenger drivers. Examples of the unsafe driving behaviors that officers will be on the lookout for include speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices.

Operation Safe Driver Week is conducted in partnership with the FMCSA.

During last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, which took place from October 15 — 21, officers issued 59,193 warnings and citations. A total of 38,878 citations/warnings were issued to CMV drivers while 20,315 citations/warnings were issued to passenger vehicle drivers.

The top five offenses committee by CMV drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week in 2017 were:

  1. State/Local Moving Violations – 84.2 percent (of warnings/citations)
  2. Speeding – 7.4 percent
  3. Failure to Use Seat Belt – 2.6 percent
  4. Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device – 2.5 percent
  5. Using a Handheld Phone – 0.8 percent

The CVSA’s Roadcheck truck driver enforcement campaign is also scheduled for this summer. It is set to take place from June 5 — 7 and inspectors will be focusing on Hours of Service violations. Click here for more on Roadcheck 2018.