The week of October 20th-26th law enforcement agencies will be teaming up with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) for “Operation Safe Driver“. The goal is to “take aim at distracted driving and encourage driving safely around trucks”.
Here is why:
According to the CVSA:
Nearly 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 other are injured in large truck and bus crashes each year on the highways
A CDC survey last year revealed that 58% of high school seniors and 43% of high school juniors said they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month
The National Highway Traffic Safetly Administration (NHTSA) reports that, for drivers 15-19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 21% of the distracted drivers were distracted by the use of cell phones
Of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes, 11% were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted
On October 24th at Cookeville High School the Tennessee Tennessee Trucking Foundation, with the support from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office will be holding an event to help increase driver education and awareness about safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.
Last year the “Operation Safe Driver” campaign resulted in 40,000 commercial and passenger vehicle engagements at 1,245 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. This year’s blitz is expected to be comparable to last year.
Find more information about Operation Safe Driver at www.cvsa.org/osd/
For additional information on safe driving in Tennessee check out tips to help you avoid car wrecks, Tennessee Safe driving laws, and Truck and Tractor Trailer wrecks in Tennessee