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  • Henry Seaton

Week-long driver ticketing push begins October 15

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual emphasis on truck, bus and passenger vehicle driver enforcement known as Operation Safe Driver Week begins October 15 and concludes October 21. Throughout the week, enforcement personnel will identify and issue warnings and/or citations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger-vehicle drivers exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors.

CVSA notes that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) “Large Truck Crash Causation Study” cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger-vehicle crashes.

Examples of driver behaviors that enforcement personnel plan to track throughout Operation Safe Driver Week are speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt while operating a CMV or in a passenger vehicle, traveling too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, etc.

For information on Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement events to be conducted in your area of operation, contact the agency/department responsible for overseeing CMV safety within your jurisdiction.

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