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Make sure your drivers are ready for Operation Safe Driver Week, which starts July 10, 2022.

The focus of this year’s unsafe-driving enforcement event will be speeding. Enforcement officers will be targeting unsafe driving behaviors of all kinds, however, including those by both commercial drivers and car drivers.

The program focuses on drivers because drivers’ actions are estimated to contribute to 94 percent of all traffic crashes. Speeding is a particular concern, as revealed by traffic enforcement data involving commercial motor vehicles, shown below.

Top 10 behavior-related traffic violations of 2021*

  1. Speeding 6 to 10 mph over the limit
  2. Failure to obey traffic control device
  3. Failure to wear seat belt
  4. Lane restriction violation
  5. Speeding 11 to 14 mph over the limit
  6. Speeding 1 to 5 mph over the limit
  7. Speeding 15 mph or more over the limit
  8. Using a hand-held telephone
  9. Failure to maintain lane
  10. Speeding in a work or construction zone

*Not including violations categorized as “other local laws” or “miscellaneous traffic laws.”

According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), speeding contributed to 26 percent of traffic fatalities in 2019.

Prepare your drivers

Now that you know what officers will be looking for and the most common violations, take steps to reduce your exposure. Before Operation Safe Driver begins, refresh your drivers on:

  • Obeying the speed limit at all times,
  • Reading and obeying all traffic control signs and lights,
  • Defensive driving,
  • Compliance with traffic codes,
  • Avoiding distracted driving, and
  • Conducting a thorough pretrip inspection.

It goes without saying that drivers need to practice safe driving behaviors every day of the year.