Operation Safe Driver Week: July 11-17, 2021
The Purpose of Operation Safe Driver Week
According to CVSA, Speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2018, killing 9,378 people with an average of more than 25 people per a day. Operation Safe Driver Week aims to improve all drivers’ behavior in an unsafe manner through educational and traffic enforcement strategies across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. During this annual one-week enforcement and educational blitz, law enforcement agencies typically engage in increased traffic safety enforcement by focusing on risky behaviors, including:
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Following too closely
- Improper lane changes
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
- Failure to use a seat belt
- Evidence of drunk or drugged driving
The CVSA’s reasoning for selecting speeding is due to the recent spike in average speeds on roadways. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a 24% increase in the estimated rate of fatalities on the roads last year compared to the previous 12-month period, even though the miles driven dropped 13%. This increase in fatalities is the highest the NSC has seen in the last 96 years in its year-over-year review.
Additionally, law enforcement personnel will be tracking other dangerous driver behaviors throughout Operation Safe Driver Week, such as reckless driving, aggressive driving, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to use a seat belt, evidence of impaired driving, etc.
How to Prepare
Motor carriers can prepare by educating their employees on safe driving behaviors and enforcing commercial driver regulatory compliance. Reminders that employers can share with their drivers include:
- Follow all traffic laws
- Wear your seat belt at all times
- Obey all posted speed limits
- Never use your cellphone while driving
- Avoid driving impaired by alcohol or drugs
- Practice safe driving habits at all times
RBN Can Help
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