Drivers of tractor-trailer s, commercial buses, passenger cars, and other vehicles will fall under closer scrutiny by law enforcement next week as part of Operation Safe Driver Week – an annual safety effort organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
From October 15-21, law enforcement agencies across North America will ramp up traffic safety enforcement and educational efforts targeting unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger-vehicle drivers.
The effort will be held not just across the United States, but in Canada and Mexico as well. Law enforcement authorities will be on the lookout for speeding, distracted driving, texting and driving, seatbelt usage, following too closely, improper lane changes, failure to obey traffic safety devices, and more, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said in an announcement.
Drivers of tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles can also expect a higher-than-usual chance of being pulled over for a roadside inspection to check tires, brakes, and other key safety components of commercial vehicles. Law enforcement officials and regulators will also look at the driver’s compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations and seatbelt usage.
A total of 3,852 people died in crashes involving tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks in 2015 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Sixteen percent of those deaths were truck occupants, while 69 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles. The remaining 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists.
“Many of those accidents are the direct result of the drivers – both truck and bus drivers, as well as the passenger-vehicle drivers operating unsafely around them,” the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance noted, citing traffic accident data.
Law enforcement officials and regulators will also offer educational and safety awareness programs to commercial truckers and other motorists as part of the program, the Safety Alliance said.