The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) plans to hold its annual Operation Safe Driver Week between July 15 and 21.

Law enforcement officials across the country will be focusing on “unsafe driving behaviors” by commercial truckers and motorists.

Targeting “unsafe driving behaviors”

According to the FMCSA’s Large Truck Crash Causation study, unsafe driving behavior is the leading cause of highway crashes. It accounts for 88% of large truck crashes and 93% of passenger vehicle crashes.

The agency’s Operation Safe Driver Program was launched not only to reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries from accidents that are caused by unsafe driving behaviors but also to encourage safe driving practices in the country.

The annual program aims to improve the driving behaviors of all drivers in or around commercial motor vehicles through “educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk behaviors.”

The increased presence of traffic enforcers during the week of the event is aimed to target unsafe driving behaviors such as speeding, distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, and failure to obey traffic control devices.

Operation Safe Driver Week 2017 — A quick recap

Last year’s event recorded nearly 59,193 driver citations and warnings to motorists and commercial drivers.

State and local moving violations made up 84.2% of last year’s citations and warnings, with speeding coming in second at 7.4%, followed by failure to use a seatbelt (2.6%), failure to obey a traffic control device (2.5%), and using a handheld phone (0.8%).

“Countless lives are tragically lost on our roadways due to unsafe, risky, inattentive, or careless acts by drivers,” said CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney. “In fact, driver behavior is often the most important factor in crashes. Operation Safe Driver Week raises awareness about safe driver operations in and around trucks and buses.”

Operation Safe Driver Week is conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, in partnership with the FMCSA, and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations.

Driver scorecards and ELDs

The ELD mandate is in full effect. Hard enforcement of the FMCSA’s ELD rule also began on April 1, 2018. The ELD mandate requires non-exempt commercial drivers to electronically record Hours-of-Service and duty status.

But electronic logging devices offer much more than.

For instance, the Motive ELD also has a driver scorecards feature that empowers fleet managers to track unsafe driving practices and identify drivers who need coaching.

The Motive ELD monitors drivers for high-risk events. Like hard braking, hard cornering, and hard acceleration. Whenever the ELD detects any risky driving behavior, it automatically sends an alert.

Fleet managers can also see exactly how their drivers are performing with Safety Scores for individual drivers and the overall fleet. They can also view individual safety event details to identify exactly when and where a high-risk event occurred.

If you are looking for a powerful and feature-rich ELD solution, try Motive.

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