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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 2020 Operation Safe Driver Week will go on as scheduled July 12-18, the trade association representing roadside inspectors announced May 12.
During the weeklong traffic enforcement safety initiative, law enforcement personnel throughout North America will be looking for drivers who are engaging in unsafe driving behaviors on the nation’s roadways, CVSA said. Drivers identified displaying unsafe driving will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a warning or citation.
This year’s Safe Driver Week will focus on speeding, which CVSA said has been increasing in recent months with highway traffic significantly declined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s essential that this enforcement initiative, which focuses on identifying and deterring unsafe driving behaviors, such as speeding, go on as scheduled,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police.
In addition to a focus on speeding, examples of other dangerous driver behaviors that law enforcement will track during the special enforcement operation include distracted driving, failure to use a seat belt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, and evidence of drunk or drugged driving, CVSA said.
“According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, less traffic may be encouraging some drivers to ignore traffic safety laws, including speed limits,” CVSA said. “Despite there being far fewer vehicles on the road due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, many jurisdictions are seeing a severe spike in speeding.”
In March and April, average speeds on interstate highways, state highways and expressways in the five largest U.S. metropolitan areas have increased by as much as 75% when compared to January and February, according to data.
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