The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2020 Operation Safe Driver Week (OSDW) will take place July 12-18, as scheduled (unlike the CVSA’s International Roadcheck postponed from May to a date yet to be determined).
Driving habit data from during the pandemic points to troubling trends OSDW hopes to address, namely speeding.
2020 enforcement focus: reducing a severe spike in speeding
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the average speed on interstate highways, state highways and expressways was up as much as 75 percent in March and April compared to January and February, likely due to significantly fewer vehicles on the road due to COVID-19 orders.
For example, New York City saw an increase of more than 60 percent in the number of speed camera tickets in March compared to March 2019 – while traffic was down more than 90 percent compared to January.
With a variety of location-specific coronavirus restrictions and an expected bump in summer tourism, safe driving habits come into sharper focus.
What to expect during Operation Safe Driver Week
Throughout the weeklong initiative, law enforcement throughout North America will seek to pull over drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors and issue a warning or citation.
While speeding will be the primary point of emphasis, other behaviors law enforcement will look for include:
- Distracted driving.
- Failure to use a seatbelt.
- Following too closely.
- Improper lane changes.
- Reckless or aggressive driving.
- Failure to obey traffic control devices.
- Evidence of drunk or drugged driving.
Schneider’s driver safety record
Schneider’s professional drivers prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week like any other week: by focusing on safety first. Thorough pre-trip inspections, safe driving practices on the road and top safety equipment just scratch the surface, and the data and awards prove it:
- Schneider’s driver Out of Service (OOS) violation percentage is just 0.7 percent, compared to the national driver average OOS percentage of 5.51 percent.
- Schneider was the recipient of two National Safety Council (NSC) Green Cross for Safety Awards. The first for Safety Excellence (collision mitigation system) and the second for Safety Innovation (sleep disorder screening and treatment program).
For safe drivers, Operation Safe Driver Week 2020 is just another week to keep driving safely!
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