The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual enforcement blitz, Operation Safe Driver, will mobilize across North America Oct. 20-26.
This year’s effort will be similar to last year’s event, when law enforcement officials stopped more than 40,000 drivers at 1,245 locations in the United States and Canada. Law enforcement will target unsafe driving by truckers and four-wheelers, but especially distracted driving.
Highway truck and bus crashes result in an annual 4,000 deaths and an additional 100,000 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 11 percent of drivers age 20 and younger in fatal accidents were distracted at the time of the crash.
The week includes an Oct. 21 safety demonstration in Philadelphia and “Teens and Trucks” educational events Oct. 16 in Grand Prairie, Texas, Oct. 24 in Cookeville, Tenn. and Oct. 26 Darlington, S.C.