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What will CVSA inspectors be checking during Operation Safe Driver Week?

AskWaves: Inspectors to focus on speeding, unsafe driving

Truck drivers and fleets have two months to prepare for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Operation Safe Driver Week, which is set for July 11-17.

CVSA said inspectors throughout North America will focus on speeding and unsafe driving, including distracted driving, making improper lane changes, failing to use a seat belt and driving while impaired.

“Data shows that traffic stops and interactions with law enforcement help reduce problematic driving behaviors,” CVSA President Sgt. John Samis of the Delaware State Police said in the release. “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.”

Despite the drop in traffic on roadways in 2020 because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, nationally, traffic fatalities increased, CVSA said.

According to the National Safety Council’s (NSC) preliminary estimates, the estimated rate of death on the roads last year increased 24% over the previous 12-month period, despite miles driven, which dropped 13%. 

The increase in the rate of death is the highest estimated year-over-year jump NSC has calculated in 96 years, according to the CVSA release.

Inspectors will also be tracking 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 during Operation Safe Driver Week.

Speeding, which is the focus of this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, was the top traffic enforcement violation for both types of drivers. Commercial motor vehicle drivers were issued 2,339 speed-related citations and 3,423 warnings. Passenger vehicle drivers received 14,378 citations and 11,456 warnings for speed-related offenses. 

2020 Safe Driver Week results

The top five traffic enforcement citations given to commercial motor vehicle drivers were:

  1. Speeding/violation of basic speed law/driving too fast for the conditions – 2,339
  2. Failure to use seat belt while operating commercial motor vehicle – 1,003
  3. Failure to obey traffic control device – 617
  4. Using a hand-held phone/texting – 269
  5. Improper lane change – 122

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  1. To be fair, going faster then the number on the sign for not wearing a seatbelt is more of a political crime than an actual safety issue where you’re actively putting someone else at risk.

    Even improper lane change is often used by biased police to target and harass PoC, incl. CMV operators who they perceive as having more financial ability to pay arbitrarily high fines.

    Distracted and drunk driving should definitely be cracked down on, but we need to come to terms with the fact that a lot of this “safety” enforcement is more about raising revenue & justifying bloated police budgets than anything else.

    Let’s focus more on creating a just society, where “safety enforcement” is used for actual safety issues rather than to enforce the whims of a structurally classist/racist State!

  2. Where is the f***** tickets for these muther f***** foreigners that cannot read traffic signs nor speak English how is that safe on our roads it pisses me from off how do they get away with it,,,,, it is a very very very serious issue

Clarissa Hawes

Clarissa has covered all aspects of the trucking industry for 14 years. She is an award-winning journalist known for her investigative and business reporting. Before joining FreightWaves, she wrote for Land Line Magazine and If you have a news tip or story idea, send her an email to