CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week coming in July
In July, law enforcement officers in California and across the U.S. will be participating in Operation Safe Driver Week. During the event, which is sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, participating officers will target commercial and passenger vehicle drivers who are engaging in dangerous behaviors, including speeding.
According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding played a role in 94% of all traffic accidents in 2015. In 2017, speeding played a role in 26% of all traffic-related fatalities. The CVSA also reports that speeding has been a factor in almost a third of all traffic deaths for over 20 years. The organization says that traffic tickets and warnings are a proven way to get drivers to slow down. This results in fewer accidents, injuries and deaths.
Speeding isn't the only traffic violation officers will be focusing on during Operation Safe Driver Week, which will take place from July 14 to July 20. Officers will also be looking for distracted drivers, texting behind the wheel, seat belts noncompliance, drunk or drugged drivers, reckless drivers and drivers who tailgate. During the 2018 initiative, 51,000 officers interacted with 113,331 commercial and passenger drivers. Of the 57,405 citations issued, 18,817 were issued for speeding violations.
Commercial truck drivers are required to follow all road safety rules, including speed limits. If a truck driver fails to obey the speed limit and causes an accident, he or she could be held accountable in court. A personal injury attorney could represent an injured victim and help prepare a lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. If the claim is successful, the at-fault parties may be ordered to pay a settlement that covers medical expenses, lost wages and more.