Not every traffic crash is preventable. But driver actions — like speeding or distracted driving — contribute to about 94% of all crashes in the United States, and those actions can be avoided to reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
Everyone deserves to arrive safely at their destinations, and unsafe driving behavior is a growing problem. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) created the Operation Safe Driver Program in 2007 as a response to increased unsafe driving behaviors among commercial vehicle and passenger car drivers.
The Operation Safe Driver Program focuses on educating all drivers and enforcing safety laws to reduce the number of crashes on our roadways.
Operation Safe Driver Week 2022
As part of the Operation Safe Driver Program, Operation Safe Driver Week is an initiative to promote safer driving through education and enforcement. It targets unsafe behaviors from both commercial vehicle drivers and passenger car drivers, in an effort to make roads safer for everyone.
This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 10-16, 2022. During the week, law enforcement personnel across the country will be conducting traffic stops, and issuing warnings and citations to drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors.
CVSA announced that Operation Safe Driver Week 2022 will focus on speeding. Fatalities in speeding-related crashes alone increased by 17% from 2019 to 2020, despite an 11% decrease in overall miles traveled.
The goal of Operation Safe Driver Week and the program as a whole is to improve the driving behaviors of all drivers and reduce the number of crashes on roadways.
Educating your drivers about roadway safety
Operation Safe Driver Week puts a spotlight on roadway safety in July, but as a motor carrier, safety is an essential piece of your day-to-day operations.
Fleet operators and drivers must remember that any unsafe driving behavior is always dangerous and is grounds for citation at any time. Driver education and safety training helps reduce crashes, injuries, and lost time on the road.
Educate drivers about unsafe driving practices including (but not limited to) speeding, following too closely, distracted driving, and improper lane changes, as well as drunk, drugged, and impaired driving.
Comprehensive safety training should include:
- Alcohol and controlled substance testing
- Defensive driving
- Load securement
- Vehicle inspections
- Vehicle maintenance record-keeping
- And more
At NTC, we have former motor carrier enforcement officers, inspectors, and auditors on staff to assist. Our team provides extensive experience in safety and compliance, and we work with motor carriers to develop customized safety training programs.
Schedule time to talk with our team about on-site driver training for your organization.