Operation Safe Driver Week:
What you need to know

July 5, 2023

Safe driving is an essential part of fleet management, and it’s vital to ensure your fleet drivers are adhering to regulations. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) organizes an annual ‘Operation Safe Driver Week’ to raise awareness and promote safe driving behaviors for passenger vehicle and commercial motor vehicle drivers.

During Operation Safe Driver Week, which will take place July 9th – 15th 2023, law enforcement officers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico will be monitoring roads and stopping any drivers who exhibit dangerous driving behavior to issue warnings or citations.

The aim of the CVSA initiative is to deter dangerous driving behaviors and prompt positive driving habits through officer interactions with drivers.

Dangerous driving behaviors

This year, Operation Safe Driver Week will be focused heavily on the issue of speeding – a well-known factor in causing and increasing the severity of road accidents. Other examples of unsafe driver behaviors are improper lane changes, not stopping at traffic lights, driving while under the influence or while using a handheld device, or not wearing a seat belt.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched a National Roadway Safety Strategy to help reduce serious traffic accidents and its Safe System Approach encourages drivers to adopt safer speeds on all roadways.

Here are some key facts from previous Operation Safe Driver Week campaigns and tips to help you keep your fleet drivers operating at safe speeds this week and beyond.

The need for safer speeds

  • During the 2022 Operation Safe Driver Week, officers pulled over more than 35,000 commercial motor vehicles and issued 26,164 warnings and citations to drivers
  • ‘Speeding/violating basic speed law/driving too fast for conditions’ was the most issued citation category among commercial motor vehicle drivers (8,586 citations), followed by ’Failure to wear a seatbelt’
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that speeding factored in over 25% of traffic deaths over the past ten years, ending around 100,000 lives
  • In 2020 alone, there were 11,258 speeding-related deaths in the U.S
  • The American Transportation Research Institute claim that commercial motor vehicle drivers who receive a speeding violation are 47% more likely to be involved in a crash

Source: https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding

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How to enforce a staff speeding policy

These statistics emphasize just how important it is to enforce safe driving practices among your fleet drivers. Our vehicle tracking system provides detailed insights into driver behavior, helping you stay ahead of any potential violations. You can use the Quartix system to help enforce your company speeding policy, and to coach your drivers to better habits.

It’s much easier to have a conversation with your drivers about their driving behavior when you have the facts. Seeing their telematics data and driving style reports can make all the difference when it comes to creating a culture of safety

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Encouraging safe driving this week and beyond

Improving driver safety on the road is essential for businesses with commercial vehicle drivers, and Quartix offers an array of tools to help you do just that. With our insightful reports, you can keep your drivers accountable and encourage responsible driving habits.

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week is an opportunity to focus on road safety and remind your drivers of the importance of following traffic laws and regulations.

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