October 22, 2015

Stay Out of Trouble with Law Enforcement: Everything to Know about Safe Driver Week

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Operation Safe Driver Week (OSDW) is here and we have a few tips to help keep you informed and safe on the job.

OSDW was started in 2007 as a joint effort between the FMCSA and CVSA to combat the high-fatality rate associated with crashes. In the United States alone, between 2011 and 2013, over 12,000 people were killed and more than 250,000 injured due to accidents involving trucks and/or buses — many of them from unsafe driving practices.

Law officials are known to ramp up enforcement during the week-long campaign. Drivers can expect increased traffic and safety belt enforcement as well as roadside inspections. Here’s what happened last year:

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With heightened law enforcement during OSDW, we suggest drivers buckle up, follow the speed limit, and obey traffic signs so that you don’t get stuck with a hefty fine or worse!

Protect your fleet from law enforcement

OSDW awareness is important for drivers and fleets alike. Data collected during the week is used by the FMCSA for compliance investigations so if you don’t want your CSA score to take a hit, make sure your drivers are trained properly, driving safely, and maintaining their logs.

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Sources: TruckingInfo, CVSA

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