CVSA posts results of annual Operation Safe Driver Week

CMV and passenger vehicle drivers have overlap in top violations

Posted December 14, 2017

Unsafe driving behavior resulted in over 59,000 warnings and citations issued to commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during 2017 Operation Safe Driver Week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) reports.

Traffic enforcement was heightened throughout the United States and Canada October 15-21, 2017. Law enforcement also increased education efforts to address dangerous driving behaviors for all drivers, not just those operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).

Enforcement stats – CMV drivers

A total 30,714 warnings and 8,164 citations were issued to CMV drivers, according to CVSA. Following summarizes the top violations:

Top five warnings/citations issued to CMV drivers

Rank Description Percentage of warnings/citations
1 State/Local Moving Violations 84.2%
2 Speeding 7.4%
3 Failure to Use Seat Belt 2.6%
4 Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device 2.5%
5 Using a Handheld Phone 0.8%

In addition, CVSA statistics show:

  • 16 CMV drivers received a warning/citation for using/equipping a CMV with a radar detector; and
  • 19 CMV drivers received a citation and 86 received a warning for operating their vehicle while ill or fatigued.

Enforcement stats - passenger vehicle drivers

A total of 7,785 warnings and 12,530 citations were recorded for passenger vehicle drivers. Following are the top violations reported by the Alliance:

Top five warnings/citations issued to passenger vehicle drivers

Rank Description Percentage of warnings/citations
1 Speeding 43.5%
2 State/Local Moving Violations 36.2 %
3 Failure to Use Seat Belt 9.4%
4 Failure to Obey Traffic Control Device 2.3%
5 Improper Lane Change 1.5%

Comparison information

The following is a comparison of other unsafe driving behavior as provided by CVSA:

Citation Percentage of warnings/citations
  CMV drivers Passenger vehicle drivers
Texting 0.1% 0.7%
Using a handheld phone 0.8% 0.5%
Following too closely 0.6% 0.9%
Inattentive or careless driving 0.2% 1.3%

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