According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), nearly 40,000 people die on North American Roads each year. In an effort to combat the growing number of fatalities, the CVSA and law enforcement officials participate in the Operation Safe Driver campaign every October.
Operation Safe Driver was launched in 2007 to address and bring awareness to unsafe driving behaviors from both commercial motor vehicle operators and drivers of other automobiles. This year, over 5,000 law enforcement officers in nearly 2,000 locations participated in Operation Safe Driver’s campaign from October 17th to 23rd.
The goal of Operation Safe Driver is to increase:
- Commercial vehicle and noncommercial vehicle traffic enforcement
- Seat belt use by all drivers and passengers
- CMV regulatory compliance
- Implementation of commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population
- Public awareness to drivers about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles
Data recently released by the CVSA shows that nearly 53,000 drivers were pulled over during the most recent October operation. Of those stops, over 39,000 were for roadside inspections for commercial motor vehicle operators, which resulted in over 5 percent of those drivers and over 27 percent of commercial vehicles being placed out of service for different violations.
As often as CMV operators were pulled over and cited, the data notes that drivers of cars and other motor vehicles were cited six times as often as truck drivers. According to Trucker News Services, drivers of both commercial and noncommercial vehicles were stopped or cited most often for:
- Failing to use a safety belt
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
Working With An Attorney
Despite efforts to improve safety efforts involving commercial motor vehicles, accidents happen; and when they do, they often result in serious injuries. If you have been injured in an accident involving a semitruck or 18-wheeler, it is important to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney.