CVSA, FMCSA announce ‘Operation Safe Driver’

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a new safety campaign, Operation Safe Driver. The program will take place Oct. 17-23 and targets both passenger car drivers as well as commercial drivers.

“While overall highway crashes and fatalities are declining, poor driver behaviors are increasing – and not just among truck and motorcoach operators, mind you, but car drivers as well,” said Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s executive director. “Operation Safe Driver holds activities across the United States, Canada and Mexico to heighten traffic enforcement of both commercial and passenger vehicles, safety belt enforcement, roadside commercial vehicle and driver safety inspections, as well as educational and awareness programs for the motoring public about safe operations around big trucks and buses.”

Operation Safe Driver is one of a number of educational outreach programs between the CVSA and its partners geared to specific audiences and issues. Others include the Teens & Trucks Training Program and Defeating Distracted Driving, a short educational program with a DVD, two :30-second PSAs, a tri-fold handout, a PowerPoint, talking points and model policies for motor carriers about the dangers of distracted.