According to recent studies, 35,000 passenger and commercial vehicles were pulled over during last year’s campaign known as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver (OSD), which happened in October.
The reports indicate that in spite of traffic regulations, passenger vehicle drivers tend to drive at high rates of speed around commercial vehicles. The data that was gathered by the agents who participated in this campaign shows that drivers get more citations over speeding than any other violations. Law enforcement agencies have also reported that the second most common violation is failure to obey a traffic control device while the third more common violation is failure to use seat belts.
Safety advocates and traffic law enforcement agencies believe that the number of violations related to speeding is still too high, which is distressing since people are driving at high rates of speed around commercial vehicles, which could cause serious and potentially deadly accidents.
The Operation Safe Driver campaign hopes to bring awareness to drivers of passenger cars that they are putting their lives at risk while also endangering the lives of others by speeding. Officials report that data shows that the number of speeding tickets has increased in 2012 if compared to the 2011 data. Speeding accounted for 66.2 of all citations during the year of 2011 while speeding citations in 2012 accounted for 70.1 percent of all warnings in issued by law enforcement agents at 1,245 locations across the country.
Data also demonstrated that there has been an increase in the number of citations concerning failure to use seat belt handed out by officers during the year of 2012. According to the data, failure to buckle up accounted for 9.9 percent of all warnings issued during 2012.
Safety driving practices like observing speed limits and using a seat belt while inside of a moving vehicle can save lives and keep drivers from being severely injured in an event of an accident. Drivers who fail to drive safely and pay attention to speed limit signs and commercial vehicles could be risking the lives of their loved ones and others sharing the road. Law enforcement agencies will be participating in several efforts and campaigns throughout the year of 2013 to ensure drivers are following traffic regulations and driving at a safe rate of speed in order to make roads across the country safer for everyone.
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