The Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will conduct Operation Safe Driver Campaign, from July 10 to 16.
What is Operation Safe Driver and its Purpose?
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver program was created in 2007 to help reduce the number of crashes, deaths, and injuries involving large trucks, buses, and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. The initiative aims to help improve the behavior of all drivers operating in an unsafe manner, either in or around commercial motor vehicles, through educational and traffic enforcement strategies to address individuals exhibiting high-risk driving behaviors.
What is the emphasis of the Operation Safe Driver Week?
This year’s Safe Driver Week will focus on speeding, with a secondary concentration on unsafe-driving behaviors. Speeding has been a factor in more than a quarter of crash deaths since 2008 and speeding of any kind was the most frequent driver-related crash factor for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles.
In addition to the emphasis on speeding, other dangerous driver behaviors will be enforced such as:
- Distracted Driving
- Failure to Use a Seatbelt
- Following Too Closely
- Improper Lane Change
- Reckless or Aggressive Driving
- Failure to Obey Traffic Control Devices
- Evidence of Drunk or Drugged Driving
For the full results from the 2021 Operation Safe Driver Week click on the following link – https://www.cvsa.org/news/2021-osd-week-results/
Is Operation Safe Driver 2022 Strictly About Traffic Enforcement?
The Operation Safe Driver program also offers materials and resources to educate the following drivers:
Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers – The Operation Safe Driver program created materials designed to educate commercial motor vehicle drivers about the dangers and challenges they may encounter on roadways, such as distracted driving, aggressive driving, passenger vehicle drivers cutting off commercial motor vehicles, etc. There are videos, audio PSAs and printable flyers, all available for free.
Teens and New or Inexperienced Drivers – These materials, which include videos, audio PSAs and printable flyers, were designed to teach teen and new or inexperienced drivers how to safely share the roads with large trucks and buses. This information can be used by driver’s education instructors, parent-teacher organizations, community groups, parents, or any other interested individuals or organizations, all available at no cost.
5 Quick Tips:
- No Phones While Driving
- Leave Room and Move Over
- Stop the Tailgating
- Don’t Forget the Signal
- Get Organized with All of Your Paperwork (License, Registration, Logbook, etc…)
More information on Operation Safe Driver can be Found on the CVSA website – https://www.cvsa.org/