Truckers in California may be familiar with the inspection sprees and other events that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds every year. The CVSA’s next event is Operation Safe Driver Week, held from July 14 to 20, and it will affect both CMV drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. During this period, police will be out and enforcing traffic laws with greater intensity as part of the effort to deter drivers from risky behaviors.
Operation Safe Driver Week encompasses North America. In 2018, 51,000 law enforcement personnel participated and made contact with over 113,300 drivers. Citations and warnings were issued to all who were caught driving distracted, driving aggressively, neglecting their seat belt, making improper lane changes and so on. In all, police gave 57,405 citations and 87,907 warnings.
This year, the focus is on speeding. The CVSA states that speeding has been responsible for almost one third of all car crash fatalities for the past 20 years. Speeding was called the leading driver-related factor in crashes by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in its 2016 Large Truck and Bus Facts report.
Some people wonder if increasing law enforcement reduces car crash numbers; the CVSA, in one of its studies, found that it does. The “Click It or Ticket” program has been particularly effective, reducing numbers by 11%.
Speeding, especially when a trucker is engaging in it, can lead to serious collisions and catastrophic injuries, including head trauma and spinal injuries. Those who are harmed in such a way and who find out that the trucker was negligent may want to speak with a lawyer. California has a two-year statute of limitations during which time victims must file their claim; otherwise, they cannot recover damages. The lawyer may assist by hiring investigators, medical experts and other third parties to bolster the case.