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Late Won’t Kill, But Speeding Will

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Law enforcement agencies across North America will participate in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Operation Safe Driver Week from July 12 to 18. This year’s enforcement and education campaign will target speeding and other unsafe driving behaviors on America’s highways. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2016 reports that “Speeding of Any Kind” was the most frequent driver-related factor in fatal crashes for large truck and passenger vehicle drivers. The study attributes speeding to 32 percent of crashes involving large truck drivers and 89 percent involving passenger vehicle drivers.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, keeping the nation’s highways safe is especially critical to make sure essential supplies and equipment reach their destinations. According to CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police, “As passenger vehicle drivers are limiting their travel to necessary trips and many commercial motor vehicle drivers are busy transporting vital goods to stores, it’s more important than ever to monitor our roadways for safe transport.”

Speeding topped last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week’s list of most cited violations. Officers issued 1,454 citations and 2,126 warnings to commercial drivers and 16,102 tickets and 21,001 citations to passenger vehicle drivers. Other hazardous driving behaviors included distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, and drunk or drugged driving.

As part of the national enforcement effort, the Washington State Patrol will strictly enforce the “Rules of the Road,” looking out for speeders and other unsafe driving behaviors. “The Washington State Patrol strives to always improve the safety of our commercial motor vehicle drivers, as well as the rest of the motoring public,” said WSP Commercial Vehicle Division Lieutenant Trisena Sharff. Speeding ticket fines in Washington can reach a penalty of $188.

Follow these tips to help you avoid speeding:

  • Go the speed limit.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Leave early.
  • Be patient.
  • Pay attention to traffic signs.
  • Regularly check the speedometer.

You should also slow down when:

  • In adverse road and/or weather conditions.
  • Entering a curve.
  • Before entering an exit/entrance ramp.
  • Hauling a loaded trailer.
  • Approaching work zones.

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Not so Fast! Speeding to be Focus of July Enforcement Blitz

Image source: Washington State Patrol

Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) annual Operation Safe Driver Week from July 14 to 20. The enforcement and education campaign targets unsafe driving behaviors of commercial truck, bus, and passenger vehicle drivers.

This year’s event will focus on the dangers of speeding.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2016 reports that “Speeding of Any Kind” was the most frequent driver-related factor in fatal crashes for large truck and passenger vehicle drivers. The study attributes speeding to 32 percent of crashes involving large truck drivers and 89 percent involving passenger vehicle drivers. According to CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson with the Arkansas Highway Police, “For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities . . . That is unacceptable, especially because it’s preventable. We will continue to educate the public on the dangers of speeding and we will identify individuals who are speeding on our roadways and may issue citations as a deterrent to future speeding tendencies and to affect diver behavior.”

During last year’s event, officers issued speeding tickets to 1,908 commercial motor vehicle drivers and 16,909 passenger vehicle drivers. In addition, 17 commercial motor vehicle drivers and 714 passenger vehicle drivers received tickets for driving too fast for the conditions. Other hazardous driving behaviors include distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seatbelt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices, and drunk or drugged driving.

Washington State Patrol troopers and commercial vehicle inspectors will be on the lookout for speeding and other unsafe driving behaviors. “The Washington State Patrol strives to always improve the safety of our commercial motor vehicle drivers, as well as the rest of the motoring public,” said WSP Commercial Vehicle Division Lieutenant T. Sharff.

Late Won’t Kill You, Speeding Will

Follow these tips to help you avoid speeding:

  • Go the speed limit.
  • Plan ahead.
  • Be patient.
  • Pay attention to traffic signs.
  • Regularly check the speedometer.