Nationwide Commercial Motor Vehicle Roadside Enforcement, Inspection Blitz Set For July 10-16

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA), an alliance of state and federal motor carrier enforcement authorities, holds its annual Operation Safe Driver Week during July 10-16.

The Operation Safe Driving Program was created to improve the driving behaviors of CDL drivers and reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles through educational and traffic enforcement strategies.

Law enforcement personnel in the U.S. will be on roadways throughout that week issuing warnings and citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, drunk or drugged driving, etc., and can result in an out of service order for drivers found in violation.

Earlier in March, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) released its latest annual traffic crash report showing that 38,824 lives were lost in traffic crashes nationwide in 2020.

This represents the highest number of fatalities since 2007. While the number of crashes and traffic injuries declined overall, fatal crashes increased by 6.8 percent.

Among the statistics in NHTSA’s report was the key finding that speed-related fatalities increased by 17 percent. Consequently, speeding, in particular, will be a dangerous driving behavior that officers will identify and target during Operation Safe Driver Week.

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