Inspections

Results of CVSA Safe Driver Week Are In

The results of the 19,480 roadside inspections conducted on commercial drivers and vehicles by law enforcement officers during Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week are in. And folks, it ain’t pretty.

The results show that some CMV drivers need to slow down, watch their weight, remember to wear their seat belts and review local, state and federal rules on the use of hand-held mobile devices.

In the third week of October, CVSA conducted its annual safe driver blitz. Commercial vehicle enforcement as well as local, state and federal officers took part in the blitz. While the blitz also involved passenger vehicle drivers, the Overdrive article focused on results from the CMV vehicle and driver inspections. To see more details, check out Matt Cole’s article for Overdrive –  published on Jan. 5 and the CVSA press release.

Comparing the results of CMV drivers and vehicles from 2015 to those from 2014, law enforcement officers handed out more warnings and citations for:

  • Speeding – drivers of 9.3 percent of the vehicles stopped were issued warnings and citations compared to 5.8 percent in 2014;
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices – an increase from 2.5 percent in 2014 to 3.85 percent in 2015; and
  • Failure to wear seat belts – an increase to 5 percent from 2.8 percent the year before.

Besides resulting in an obvious improvement in safety, slowing down, watching your weight, and wearing a seat-belt can also keep you from getting pulled over for additional or more extensive inspections. And as a result, your safety score won’t change. In fact, when you do eventually get pulled over for a random inspection, you just might get a clean inspection report and your score could improve.

We also think a review of the rules governing use of mobile devices while driving could help you avoid possible citations. While it’s perfectly fine to use Drivewyze while driving because it runs in the background and won’t cause a distraction, refraining from making calls or texting while driving should keep you out of trouble.

Bottom line? We want all drivers to make it home safe and sound. Slow down. Wear your seat belt. Keep your mobile device on the stand. Improve your safety score. And you could also earn more bypasses!