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Operation Safe Driver Week event

(DPS) — During the week of July 14-20, the Department of Public Safety, Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program or MCSAP section will hold its annual Operation Safe Driver Week event, with MCSAP personnel being on the lookout for commercial vehicle and passenger vehicle drivers engaging in dangerous driver behavior.

Drivers engaged in unsafe driving behavior will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a citation. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance emphasizes the importance of driver behavior, citing a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistic that driver actions contributed to 94 percent of all traffic crashes.

Each Operation Driver Week has a point of emphasis for enforcement and this year’s emphasis is on speeding. In 2017, speeding contributed to 26% of all traffic fatalities, over 9,700 lives, according to NHTSA. Specifically, speeding of any kind was the most frequent driver-related crash factor for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s 2016 Large Truck and Bus Facts.

During Operation Safe Driver Week law enforcement jurisdictions throughout America and its territories will be endorsing, promoting and supporting the following message: Late won’t kill you, speeding will.

In Addition to the emphasis on speeding, DPS MCSAP personnel will be tracking other dangerous driver behaviors throughout Operation Safe Driver Week, such as distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, evidence of drunk or drugged driving, etc.

For more information, contact Sgt. Carl J. Hocog of the DPS-MCSAP section at 287-7584.