CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week is Underway

Washington, D.C. (July 9, 2023) – Today is the first day of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) weeklong driver safety traffic-enforcement initiative, Operation Safe Driver Week.

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Officers, troopers and inspectors throughout North America will take to roadways with keen attention to passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle drivers who are driving unsafely. Law enforcement personnel will be alert for individuals who are speeding, driving aggressively, ignoring roadway signs, using a handheld device, intoxicated, driving distracted, etc. Drivers engaging in such behaviors will be pulled over by law enforcement and given a warning or issued a citation/ticket.

This year, the focus area for Operation Safe Driver Week will be on speeding because it continues to be a major factor in traffic deaths and injuries.

  • There were 11,258 fatal crashes in the U.S. where at least one driver was speeding, 29% of the total traffic fatalities for 2020.
  • Speeding/driving too fast accounted for 25.3% of all fatal roadway crashes in Canada in 2020.
  • In 2020, 16.4% of road crashes on Mexico’s federal highway network were attributed to excessive speed.

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program aims to reduce unsafe driver behaviors through focused traffic-enforcement, driver interactions with law enforcement, and by educating commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers about ways to share the roads safely.

  • Drivers’ actions contribute to 94% of all traffic crashes.
  • In 45% of fatal passenger vehicle crashes, the drivers were engaged in at least one of the following risky behaviors: speeding, alcohol impairment or not wearing a seat belt.
  • From 2019 to 2020, fatalities in speeding-related crashes increased 17%, fatalities in alcohol-impaired driving crashes went up 14%, and unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities were up by 14%.
  • The top driver-related factors in fatal crashes involving commercial motor vehicles were speeding, impairment and distraction/inattention.

Throughout Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement personnel will provide warning and ticket/citation data to CVSA for each traffic-enforcement interaction. CVSA will gather that data and report the results later this year.

Another important aspect of Operation Safe Driver Week is driver-safety education, awareness and outreach. In the days leading up to and during the week, jurisdictions in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will provide safe-driving seminars, information and resources to passenger vehicle drivers, commercial motor vehicle drivers and motor carrier safety personnel. CVSA also offers safe-driving public service announcements and resources and materials for teen and new drivers and commercial motor vehicle drivers.

View the results from previous years of Operation Safe Driver Week.


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Original article published by CVSA

Operation Safe Driver Week Is July 9-15

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced July 9-15 as this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week. Throughout that week, law enforcement officers in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors. Those exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors will be pulled over and given a warning and/or issued a ticket/citation by law enforcement.

Safe Driver Week

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This weeklong driver safety traffic enforcement and awareness campaign aims to identify unsafe drivers, deter dangerous driving behaviors and prompt positive driving habits through officer interactions with drivers.  shows that traffic stops and interactions with law enforcement help reduce problematic driving behaviors.

Examples of unsafe driver behaviors are speeding; improper lane changes, passing or turns; driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; using a handheld device; failure to wear a seat belt, etc.

Each year, Operation Safe Driver Week focuses on a specific unsafe driving behavior to call attention to the dangers of that behavior. This year, the focus will be on . CVSA has continued to focus on speeding because it remains a persistent problem on our roadways. Speeding increases the frequency and severity of crashes, and unsafe speeds are a well-documented factor in fatalities and injuries.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched its , a comprehensive approach to significantly reducing serious injuries and deaths on highways, roads and streets. Part of the department’s Safe System Approach is to promote  in all roadway environments through targeted education, outreach campaigns and enforcement. CVSA’s  supports this strategy through its focus on speeding, and other unsafe driving behaviors, during the weeklong traffic enforcement initiative and its continued commitment to improving roadway safety through driver safety education and interactions with law enforcement. Operation Safe Driver Week aims to improve roadway safety by reminding drivers via driver safety communication and education to manage their speeds, and by addressing speeding via responsive traffic enforcement.

In addition to traffic enforcement, driver safety education and awareness is a key component of the Operation Safe Driver Program. CVSA is offering Operation Safe Driver Week postcards at no cost to its industry and enforcement members. The postcards are available in English, French and Spanish. 

Operation Safe Driver is a CVSA program aimed at reducing unsafe driver behaviors through traffic enforcement and by educating all drivers about ways to safely share the roads.


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Original article published by CVSA

Operation Safe Driver Week

First published by CVSA.

Greenbelt, Maryland (April 6, 2021) – This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 11-17 with an emphasis on speeding. During Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement personnel will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in risky driving behaviors in or around a commercial motor vehicle. Identified unsafe drivers will be pulled over and issued a citation or warning.

“Data shows that traffic stops and interactions with law enforcement help reduce problematic driving behaviors,” said Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “By making contact with drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement personnel aim to make our roadways safer by targeting high-risk driving behaviors.”

CVSA selected speeding as its focus this year because despite a drop in roadway travel last year due to the pandemic, nationally, traffic fatalities increased. According to the National Safety Council’s (NSC) preliminary estimates, the estimated rate of death on roads last year increased 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven dropping 13%. The increase in the rate of death is the highest estimated year-over-year jump NSC has calculated in 96 years.

In addition to speeding, law enforcement personnel will be tracking other dangerous driver behaviors throughout Operation Safe Driver Week, such as reckless or aggressive driving, distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to use a seat belt, evidence of drunk or drugged driving, etc.

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from the motor carrier industry and transportation safety organizations. This initiative aims to improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner – either in or around commercial motor vehicles – through educational and traffic enforcement strategies.

To find out about Operation Safe Driver Week enforcement events in your area, contact the agency or department responsible for overseeing commercial motor vehicle safety in your area.


McCraren Compliance can help you understand and comply with FMCSA, DOT and ADOT and ensure your drivers and your vehicles operate safely and efficiently.

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Operation Safe Driver Week Starts Today

Greenbelt, Maryland (July 12, 2020) – Starting today through July 18, law enforcement personnel will issue warnings or citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in dangerous driving behaviors as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week.

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), although Americans have been driving less due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the fatality rate per mile driven increased 14% compared to March 2019. NSC’s traffic fatality  confirms that speeding and reckless driving during the pandemic led to a disproportionate number of crashes and fatalities.

As the  of vehicles on roadways decreased in March and April, the average speed in the five largest U.S. metropolitan areas increased by as much as 75% compared to January and February. And in some of the normally more-congested areas of the country, average speeds increased by as much as 250%. For example, the average 5 p.m. speed on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles went from 19 mph to 68 mph. In Chicago, the average speed on Interstate 290 more than doubled to 62 mph from 24 mph. In the Washington, D.C., region, average speeds during the evening rush rose from 27 mph to nearly 70 mph on the capital beltway, well above the 55-mph speed limit. And  to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, from March 23 to May 3, tickets issued for driving 100 mph or more increased 53% compared to 2019, even as traffic levels decreased.

To address his disturbing increase in speeding during the pandemic, this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week will focus on speeding.

Other unsafe driving behaviors that enforcement personnel will be looking for throughout the week include distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, etc.

Behavioral  from five weeks prior to the first stay-in-place order (Feb. 6 to March 15) was analyzed and compared to data generated over the next five weeks (March 16 to April 19) – a time frame in which most shelter-in-place orders were announced. According to the data, speeding was up by 27% on average and hard braking climbed 25%. Phone usage on the nation’s roadways increased in the weeks following the stay-at-home guidelines, up by 38% in mid-April. These behavioral changes contributed to a 20% increase in collisions per million miles traveled since the beginning of the shutdowns.

To find out about Operation Safe Driver Week events in your area,  the agency/department responsible for overseeing commercial motor vehicle safety within your jurisdiction.

CVSA – in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the law enforcement community and the motor carrier industry – launched the  in 2007 to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from dangerous driving behaviors.