In less than 30 days, law enforcement officials across the country will be looking for commercial motor vehicle drivers and others who are speeding.
Their efforts are part of this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, which is organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and scheduled for July 11-17.
“Data shows that traffic stops and interactions with law enforcement help reduce problematic driving behaviors,” said CVSA) President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “By making contact with drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement personnel aim to make our roadways safer by targeting high-risk driving behaviors.”
CVSA said it selected speeding as its focus this year because despite a drop in roadway travel last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, nationally, traffic fatalities increased. According to the National Safety Council’s preliminary estimates, the rate of death on roads last year increased 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven dropping 13%. The increase in the rate of death is the highest estimated year-over-year jump NSC has calculated in 96 years.
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In addition to speeding, law enforcement personnel will be tracking other dangerous driver behaviors throughout Operation Safe Driver Week, such as reckless or aggressive driving, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to use a seat belt, evidence of drunk or drugged driving, etc.
Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from the motor carrier industry and transportation safety organizations.