Operation Safe Driver Week is an annual safety outreach that focuses on improving the driving habits of drivers in both passenger and commercial motor vehicles. These outreach efforts are sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and various government agencies in each state. Educational efforts with the general public, as well as roadside enforcement activity, are used to help reduce the number of traffic crashes caused by risky behavior while operating a vehicle. While this year’s focus will be on speeding, all types of unsafe driving behaviors will be addressed.
Here are some common types of violations associated with unsafe driving in a commercial motor vehicle (CMV):
- Moving violations, such as:
- Following too closely
- Improper lane changes
- Reckless driving
- Improper turns
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Railroad crossing violations
- Failure to obey traffic control devices
- Failing to use a seatbelt
- Using a hand-held mobile device while operating a CMV
- Operating a CMV while texting
- Using/equipping a CMV with a radar detector
Employers should address any risky or unsafe behavior you see with drivers in your fleet as soon as you can, whether it is a pattern or a one-time occurrence. Following your company’s progressive disciplinary action plan is critical. Utilization of technology to identify these violations or trends will give you a much clearer picture of what is actually happening with your drivers on a daily basis. A telematics system, which may include components such as ELDs (Electronic Logging Devices) and dash cameras, can provide you with critical event data and real-time information on many of the common violation types mentioned above. Having as much information as you can, as early as you can, can greatly improve the overall safety of your operation.