Operation Safe Driver Week Results: Speeding Remains Top Driver Violation

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) recently revealed the results of this past summer’s Operation Safe Driver Week. Back in April, the CVSA announced speeding would be the main focus of this years’ event, but even with the heads up, speeding remained the top violation. Let’s take a look at the numbers.

Over the course of the weeklong event, law enforcement officers in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. stopped 28,148 commercial and 17,910 passenger vehicle drivers. Inspections officers handed out 16,863 citations in total and of that figure, 11,039 speeding citations were given to drivers.

Speed Violations
Passenger Vehicle Drivers Commercial Vehicle Drivers
Vehicles Stopped During Operations Safe Driver Week 17,910 28,148
Speed Citations 9,349 1,690
Speed Warnings 2,929 2,549

Speeding was by far the most common violation passenger vehicle drivers were cited with and it’s not even close. Failure to wear a seatbelt was the next most recorded violation with a total of 1,355 drivers being cited.

On the commercial driver’s side, the stats tell a different story. The second most prevalent citations drivers were given – also failure to wear a seatbelt – only trailed speeding citations by a couple hundred – 1,225. This year, the top 5 violations commercial drivers were cited with during Operation Safe Driver Week included speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to obey a traffic control device (running red lights, stops signs, etc.), texting/using a handheld phone, and improper lane changes.

Top 5 Commercial Driver Driver Violations

It’s well documented that driver behavior is directly responsible for the majority of collisions and fatalities that occur on the road. It’s why the CVSA conducts this event annually – to dissuade drivers from engaging in risky behavior.

Last year there was a significant increase in the number of traffic fatalities compared to the year before despite a drop in miles driven. Vehicle speed is often the main culprit in these incidents, which is why there has been and continues to be a discussion for reducing speeding.

When a driver sees an upcoming marked patrol car on the side of the highway, it’s a natural instinct to slow down. During Operation Safe Driver Week, more patrols were out, often assigned to high-risk areas to deter poor driving behavior and hold those in violation accountable.

Driver safety technologies are becoming more advanced, and some are designed to provoke a similar driver response as seeing an upcoming patrol car. Alerting drivers of upcoming high-citation areas for speeding and other high-risk safety areas can help increase driver awareness and encourage safe driving practices.

WATCH: Mark Savage and Melody Rasko discuss the issue with speeding and how services such as Drivewyze Safety+ can be utilized as a proactive tool to reduce speeding events – in some instances by up to 27% – and promote safe driving habits.

With Safety+, drivers that approach an area that is commonly known for speeding incidents receive a notification through their ELD or smartphone of the upcoming area, encouraging drivers to slow their speed if necessary. The alerts are designed to help prevent accidents, safety incidents, and citations before they happen.

“Vehicle speed plays a significant role in many of the collisions that occur,” said Charlie Mohn, Drivewyze Vice President of Product. “Reducing vehicle speed, especially in areas where speed is a common cause for collisions is key to improving highway safety. Not only can Safety+ be used to help alert drivers to slow their speeds in troublesome areas, other safety alerts, such as upcoming low bridges can help drivers be more aware of other potential hazards.”

So far, Drivewyze has identified and location-based tagged more than 3,000 high-risk areas for speeding, high rollover, mountain corridor, low bridge, and more. ‘Custom zones’ can also be created by fleets to alert drivers of troublesome areas they’ve identified for drivers.

Safety events like Operation Safe Driver Week and data collected by agencies like the FMCSA provide the industry with a wealth of information about where things stand when it comes to highway safety. If recent safety trends are any indication, there is room for improvement, and safety technologies can help. To learn more, or to inquire about a Safety+ trial, click here.