Posted: Jul, 15th 2019

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) will be on the lookout for commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in dangerous driver behaviors from July 14-20 as part of Operation Safe Driver Week. The CVSA is specifically targeting speeding this year. Troopers will be out in force looking for speeders this week. Drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors will be pulled over by law enforcement and most likely issued a citation.

  • In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities according to NHTSA. That’s 9,717 lives lost due to speeding.
  • During 2018 Operation Safe Driver Week,  16,909 passenger vehicle drivers and 1,908 commercial motor vehicle drivers were issued citations for speeding. In addition, 17 commercial vehicle drivers and 714 passenger vehicle driers were cited for driving too fast for the conditions.

Many States assign troopers to certain areas, specifically the interstate systems.  Officers are given strategic areas to work their shifts and overtime is offered to officers working in these areas looking for speeders.  Generally, NO WARNINGS WILL BE GIVEN.  If officers are directed to work an area on their normal shift or working overtime, they are required to produce results. 

While this project is sponsored by CVSA, it gives commercial enforcement personnel the direct ability to go after non-CMVs when they are usually directed to only go after CMVs.  It also allows Federal MCSAP (Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program) funds to be available to pay non-commercial enforcement officers over time for activities that do not involving CMVs. During this project all speeders will be treated the same way. Citations will be written using any means available: planes, helicopters, radar, lasers, and VASCAR. There is one method still used by some troopers, standing on lines of the Interstate using a stop watch to calculate speed using time and distance.

This is vacation time and CVSA wants to ensure everyone makes it to their destinations without being involved in a crash where speeding was the cause. All drivers of vehicles operating this week should take extra caution and care to not exceed the posted speed limits. Drivers should be well informed about road conditions, especially in constructions zones, where fines are generally doubled. Speeding in a construction zone can lead to an arrest for reckless driving.

“Better to get there than to not; or get stopped and be required to pay a hefty fine.”

        - James M. Addison, DOT Consultant

          ITI, Indiana Testing, Inc.






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