Celebrate Operation Safe Driver Week 2015, October 18-24

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If you’re a commercial driver, you are living “dangerously.” In fact, Time named truck driving as the 8th most dangerous jobs. Probably due to the fact that over 300,00 vehicle accidents that occurred in 2012 had some big rigs involved, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that next week, October 18-24, will be 2015’s Operation Safe Driver Week.¬† Although this week will be a special time for added attention to details of practicing safe motoring, it truly is a time to put emphasis on cultivating measures so that our roads are a better place to travel. After all, over 30,000 people tragically lose their lives on roadways throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico each year.

In a partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the CVSA began this yearly week campaign to help rally together state, provincial, and local law enforcement to work to reduce the astronomical number of injuries and fatalities from accidents involving cars, buses and trucks. To celebrate this week dedicated to spreading awareness of safe habits for drivers both for commercial drivers and operators of standard passenger vehicles.

Safe Driver Week puts a lot of stress on the importance of providing proper education through conducting outreach events over the 5 day span at places like high schools, state fairs, sporting events, state fairs, and so on and so fourth. Since 2007, this CVSA-sponsored week of awareness, there have been significant moves in progress reported and less citations/violations reported than in the past. Because of last year’s Safe Driver campaign, Operation Safe Driver conducted 193 compliance investigations resulting in 23% of those carriers receiving unsatisfactory safety ratings. 46% of those investigations ended up causing additional action for enforcement.

Quick Facts

  • From 2011-2013, 12,502 people died and over 287,000 were injured as a result to crashes that involved with at least one large vehicle such as trucks and buses.
  • 70%+ of those above-mentioned crashes, were multi-vehicle incidents.
  • In 2014, authorities pulled over nearly 60,000 commercial drivers and other motorists for unsafe practices.
  • Regular drivers were given speeding citations have been reduced to 52.3% in 2014 compared to 56% in 2013 for standard passenger vehicle drivers.
  • Commercial driving speed violations have reduced 2% (from 7.3% in 2013 to 5.8% in 2014.)

Top 5 Warnings & Citations Given to Commercial Motor Vehicle drivers last year during Safe Driver Week were:

  1. Speeding
  2. Not wearing a seatbelt
  3. Failure to obey traffic control devices
  4. Lane changing improperly
  5. Following too closely

Top 5 Warnings & Citations Given to Car Drivers last year during Safe Driver Week were:

  1. Speeding
  2. Not wearing a seatbelt
  3. Failure to obey traffic control devices
  4. Possession, drug or alcohol use, and DUI/DWIs
  5. Improperly changing lanes

Truck drivers have especially hard times ensuring that they are operating their vehicles safely. After all, there’s blind spots, work zones, truck maintenance, and inclement weather that we you have to deal with on an everyday basis. Plus, there’s no real guarantee that¬† you aren’t sharing the road with distracted or impaired drivers on the road.


  • Always be prepared for inclement weather. A vast majority of accidents occur due to speeding on wet or icy roads. Best tip? Slow down.
  • Keep yourself healthy. Making sure you have proper nutrition, get adequate sleep each night, and are in overall good shape can help reduce risk of getting in an accident. A tired driver is almost as deadly as an impaired one.
  • Keep eyes peeled for those pesky blind spots. Check directly behind the truck, use the side mirrors, and be mindful of motorists that may be off to the side in front of the truck.
  • Slow the heck down in work zones. A delivery that is safe and a tad behind schedule is better than a delivery that doesn’t make it because of an accident.

Author: Hit The Road Jack

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