CMV drivers fare well regarding safety
CVSA stats compare CMV drivers against the general public
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) released the results its 2014 Operation Safe Driver week that took place October 19-25. More than 4,000 law enforcement participated in the event at 1,549 locations throughout the United States and Canada. The annual event produced a snapshot of how commercial drivers fare against non-regulated drivers in regards to violating traffic code.
The CVSA reported that law enforcement performed 24,184 North American Standard Roadside Inspections;pulled over 59,080 commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers; and participated in outreach events at a variety of locations. According to enforcement data, the CVSA found CMV drivers were issued warnings and tickets for speeding far less than the general public non-commercial drivers. CMV operators, for example, were issued tickets and warnings at a rate of 5.8 percent versus 52.3 percent for non-regulated drivers.
Here are the top five traffic citations/warnings issued to both types of drivers:
|Rank||CMV drivers||Non-CMV drivers|
|2.||Failure to use a safety belt||Failure to use a safety belt|
|3.||Failure to obey traffic control devices||Failure to obey a traffic control device|
|4||Improper lane change||Possession/use/under the influence of alcohol|
|5.||Following too closely||Improper lane change|
A comparison of 2014 and 2013 data shows significant improvement in most areas:
|CMV traffic enforcement contacts||19,980||29,048|
|Non-CMV traffic enforcement contacts||39,100||45,717|
|Percentage of warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers for:|
|• Failing to obey traffic control devices||2.5||1.8|
|• Failure to use seat belts||2.8||2.9|
|Percentage of warnings and citations issued to non-CMV drivers for:|
|• Alcohol possession/use/under the influence||1.7||1.5|
|• Failure to use seat belts||4.1||2.6|
During the 2014 safety event, enforcement used the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) algorithm to target carriers for on-site interventions based on driver performance data. State and federal agencies performed 193 investigations with the following results:
- 23 percent – Unsatisfactory Safety Ratings (versus 15 percent for all of FY2014),
- 53 percent – Conditional Safety Ratings (versus 28 percent for FY2014),
- 46 percent – Enforcement actions (versus 33 percent for FY2014).
Based on CVSA’s 2014 Operation Safe Driver Week Results posted earlier this year