October 20-26 - a week long lookout for unsafe drivers will be conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) teaming up with law enforcement agencies throughout North America
Law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on unsafe driving, themed ”Operation Safe Driver” that will “take aim at distracted driving and driving safely around trucks.”
According to the CVSA, nearly 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 others are injured in large truck and bus crashes each year on the highways.
Last year, 40,000 commercial and passenger vehicle engagements at 1,245 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada were recorded in “Operation Safe Driver” campaign.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, for drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21% of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones.
The campaign will kick off in Philadelphia, the CVSA states.
“Teens and Trucks” educational events also are taking place as part of the said campaign. See schedule:
October 16—Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie, Texas—organized by the Grand Prairie and Fort Worth Police Departments, with support from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
October 24—Cookeville High School in Tennessee—organized by the Tennessee Trucking Foundation, with support from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office.
October 26—Darlington Raceway, South Carolina—hosted by the Pee Dee Transportation Association and the South Carolina Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Pee Dee Truck Rodeo.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro said, “We can save lives, prevent injuries and improve public safety overall by reinforcing the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of sharing the road safely.”
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