Late Won’t Kill You, Speeding Will.

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week – July 14-20

This year’s enforcement focus will be on speeding

Ninety-four percent of all traffic crashes have been attributed to the actions of speeding drivers, according to 2015 statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During this year’s Operation Safer Driver Week in July, law enforcement will be looking on the nation’s roadways for speeding passenger drivers and commercial vehicles.

“For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities,” said Jay Thompson, CVSA president and chief of Arkansas Highway Police. “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 driver behavior.”

CVSA is sponsoring the special enforcement effort.

In addition to the emphasis on speeding, law enforcement personnel will be tracking other dangerous driver behaviors during the event such as distracted driving, texting, failure to use a seat belt, following too closely, improper lane change, reckless or aggressive driving, failure to obey traffic control devices and evidence of drunk or drugged driving.

  • In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities, according to NHTSA. That’s 9,717 lives lost due to speeding.
  • During last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, 16,909 passenger vehicle drivers and 1,908 commercial motor vehicle drivers were issued citations for speeding. In addition, 17 commercial motor vehicle drivers and 714 passenger vehicle drivers were cited for driving too fast for the conditions.
  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, speeding has been a factor in more than a quarter of crash deaths since 2008.
  • According to FMCSA’s 2016 Large Truck and Bus Facts, speeding of any kind was the most frequent driver-related crash factor for drivers of commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles.

For these reasons, CVSA selected speeding as the emphasis area for this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week and law enforcement jurisdictions throughout North America will be endorsing, promoting and supporting the following message: Late won’t kill you, speeding will.

CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Program was created to help to reduce the number of crashes, deaths and injuries involving large trucks, buses and passenger vehicles due to unsafe driving behaviors. Operation Safe Driver Week is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with FMCSA and with support from industry and transportation safety organizations. 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.


CVSA’s Operation Safety Week