11k warnings, citations issued to truckers during Safe Driver Week

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Moving violations and speeding were the top two violations with warnings and citations issued to commercial drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week.Moving violations and speeding were the top two violations with warnings and citations issued to commercial drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week.

Law enforcement issued nearly 21,000 warnings and citations to commercial trucks and buses, as well as passenger cars, during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week held Oct. 16-22.

Of the 20,648 total warnings and citations issued, 11,182 of them were to commercial vehicle drivers, including 6,078 warnings and 5,104 citations.

The top five warnings and citations issued to commercial drivers during the enforcement blitz were moving violations (56.7 percent of the 11,182 warnings and citations), speeding (19.6 percent), failure to obey traffic control device (7.6 percent), failing to use a seatbelt (7.1 percent) and using a handheld phone (2.4 percent). Following too closely and improper lane changes were also among the top violations during the week for commercial drivers.

The top violations from car drivers were speeding and moving violations, combining to account for 76.5 percent of the 9,466 warnings and citations issued to car drivers.

“This year, the Operation Safe Driver Week campaign specifically targeted the unsafe driving behaviors that are more often the cause of crashes,” said CVSA President Julius Debuschewitz. “Through a variety of high-visibility and covert driver traffic enforcement initiatives, in addition to driver education and outreach activities, law enforcement agencies capitalized on the opportunity the weeklong campaign provided to continue their work toward making sure the drivers on our nation’s’ roadways are sharing and navigating those roadways safely.”