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Passenger Car Drivers Issued Warnings, Citations for Speeding Six Times More than Commercial Drivers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Law enforcement officers who pulled over nearly 53,000 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver campaign found that passenger car drivers are speeding at alarming rates around commercial vehicles. Recently released data shows the top three reasons warnings and citations were issued to both commercial and non-commercial vehicle drivers include speeding, failing to use a safety belt, and failure to obey traffic control devices.

“CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver is targeting each and every driver, whether they drive a passenger car or a CMV, and alerting offenders that their poor driving behaviors result in lives lost,” said Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s executive director. “We will continue to emphasize this point, through both education and enforcement tactics, until we eliminate those driver behaviors that are specifically linked to causing crashes.”

Of the warnings issued to CMV drivers, 20.3% were for speeding (versus 61.2% for passenger car drivers); 4.2% were for failure to obey traffic control devices (compared to 5.8% for passenger car drivers); and, 2.6% were issued for failing to use a seat belt while operating their vehicle (compared to 2.8% for passenger car counterparts). Of the citations issued to CMV drivers, 13.7% were for speeding (versus 51.6% for passenger car drivers); 4.6% were for failure to obey traffic control devices (compared to 1.5% for passenger car drivers); and, 10% were issued for failing to use a seat belt while operating their vehicle (compared to 8.0% for passenger car counterparts). CMV drivers were issued significantly more warnings and citations in 2010 for failing to buckle up (1,055) versus in 2009 (672).

The data, collected during the fourth annual Operation Safe Driver campaign, October 17-23, 2010, revealed that 5,004 law enforcement personnel at 1,971 locations across the United States and Canada participated in the campaign. Operation Safe Driver was launched in 2007 by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), to address the problem of improving the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner — either by, in, or around commercial vehicles — and to initiate educational and enforcement strategies to address those exhibiting high-risk behaviors.

“Everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car or truck must commit – unfailingly — to do two things: always obey the traffic laws, and never allow yourself to become distracted,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Once you get into the driver’s seat, safety is literally in your hands.”

On the enforcement front, details on the results include:

  • 39,784 CMV Roadside Inspections (5.3% resulted in the driver being placed out-of-service; 27.4% of the Level I Inspections resulted in the vehicle(s) being placed out of service. In 2009, there were 30,294 inspections conducted and a driver OOS rate of 5.3%, vehicle Level I OOS rate of 26.1%;
  • For Drivers: 0.44 violations per roadside inspection (0.44 in 2009); 0.08 OOS violations per roadside inspection (same in 2009); 0.04 citations per roadside inspection (0.04 in 2009);
  • For Vehicles: 1.04 violations per roadside inspection (1.12 in 2009); 0.23 OOS violations per roadside inspection (0.19 in 2009); 0.08 citations per roadside inspection (0.05 in 2009);
  • 21,555 CMV Driver Traffic Enforcement Contacts: 7,062 warnings were issued (0.33 per contact); 8,724 citations were issued (0.40 per contact); In 2009, there were 20,198 contacts, which resulted in 6,887 warnings (0.34 per contact) and 8,067 citations (0.40 per contact);
  • 12,926 Non-CMV Driver Traffic Enforcement Contacts: 7,126 warnings were issued (0.55 per contact); 7,700 citations were issued (0.60 per contact); In 2009, there were 10,917 contacts, which resulted in 3,818 warnings (0.35 per contact) and 10,365 citations (0.95 per contact);
  • 31,737 CMV Driver License checks (27,903 in 2009) and 9,878 Non-CMV Driver License checks (8,577 in 2009); and,
  • 64 targeted Compliance Reviews on truck and motorcoach operations were conducted on carriers employing the “worst of the worst” commercial drivers of which 53 received a safety rating as a result of the review. Of those fifty-three, 13 carriers (or 20%) received a Conditional Safety Rating. (compared to the national average of carriers rated Conditional in 2010 was 23.1%); and, eight carriers (or 13%) received an Unsatisfactory Safety Rating. (compared to the national average of carriers rated unsatisfactory in 2010 was 2.5%).

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA visit www.cvsa.org.

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