The mission of Operation Safe Driver week throughout North America is to improve commercial and non-commercial driver behaviour and performance through effective enforcement, education and awareness strategies.
Why? Improving highway safety for commercial vehicle operations starts with the driver. Highway crashes related to large trucks account for 12% of total crashes with fatalities. Focusing more attention on commercial and non-commercial operators will save lives.
The objectives of the program are as follows:
- Increase commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity.
- Increase safety belt enforcement activity.
- Increase driver regulatory compliance.
- Increase driver roadside inspections.
- Implement commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population.
- Increase the non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement activity.
- Increase the awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.
The strategies that will be used are:
- Selective Traffic Enforcement Program: High crash corridors with high CMV traffic and concentration on moving violations, driver infractions and aggressive behaviors on ALL drivers.
- Remove unsafe and fatigued commercial drivers from the highways.
- Take enforcement action against commercial drivers who fail to buckle up.
- Focus on unique and innovative approaches such as TACT, project ADVANCE, Smooth Operator
- Implement commercial driver-focused enforcement and education strategies which are based on performance data.
- Educate commercial vehicle drivers and others about the importance of safe driving and of proper driver techniques.
- Raise awareness of the motoring public about the hazards of operating around commercial vehicles and of proper steps they can take to enhance safe operations.
- Educate government, industry and the public about the important role roadside enforcement plays in saving lives on North America's highways and helping to provide a safe and secure place to travel.
So, remember to mark your calendars, be safe, and be aware!!!!