CVSA CALLS ON DRIVERS TO END SENSELESS DEATHS BY DEFEATING DISTRACTED DRIVING NOW


peration Safe Driver Campaign Educates Drivers How to Steer Clear of Tragedy

WASHINGTON, DC (October 12, 2011) – A killer is stalking North America’s roadways and is claiming 14 lives every day in the United States alone.   Aggressive and unsafe driving behaviors by truck and bus drivers, as well as the passenger car drivers operating unsafely around them, are primary factors in more deaths on our roadways than a 737 airplane crashing every other week. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is calling on all drivers to make a difference, reduce aggressive and distracted driving and save lives across North America with its annual Operation Safe Driver campaign mobilization week October 16-22, 2011.

“Each year more than 36,000 people die on the roadways throughout North America – about 4,000 of which are related to large trucks and buses,” said Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s executive director. “Many of these deaths are the direct result of unsafe and aggressive driving practices by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers.”

During the week of October 16-22, 2011 law enforcement across North America will respond by actively targeting these drivers during ‘Operation Safe Driver,’ a program sponsored by CVSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as well as strategic partners including American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, American Trucking Associations, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials, American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association, FedEx Corp., Governors Highway Safety Association, National District Attorneys Association and United Motorcoach Association. CVSA will hold a media conference October 13, 2011 in Memphis, TN, with FMCSA, Tennessee Highway Patrol, FedEx and members of the Southwind High School Student’s Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) chapter. The event will highlight the importance of driving without distractions.

“We are asking all drivers to join us in providing solutions to this pandemic and to fight back against aggressive and unsafe driving practices, especially distracted driving,” said Keppler. “We need the public’s help in putting a face on safety within our communities and spheres of influence.  As an individual, a company or association, there are many things you can do to make a difference. It starts with educating your own employees about the dangers of aggressive and unsafe driving. In addition, you can become an active supporter to stop these senseless deaths that occur daily and affect each and every one of us.”

Operation Safe Driver will take place across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Its aim is to increase activities related to commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement; safety belt enforcement; driver roadside safety inspections; driver regulatory compliance; implementation of commercial driver educational and awareness programs to the motor carrier population; and, raising awareness to the motoring public about safe operations around trucks and buses.

Operation Safe Driver continues to build on a highly successful series of educational outreach programs geared to specific audiences and issues. The Teens & Trucks Training Program was created and launched in collaboration with CVSA, Arizona Trucking Association, Arizona Department of Public Safety and American Trucking Associations in 2009-2010. Together CVSA and its partners developed this program to help educate young drivers about safe driving practices around commercial vehicles that has been shown to hundreds of thousands of teens across the continent and continues to grow.

This year, the same partnership is releasing Defeating Distracted Driving, a new educational program for motor carriers about the dangers of distracted driving for use by fleets, driving schools and other outlets. The program is directed at commercial vehicle drivers and its goal is to raise awareness of the risks associated with texting, emailing, using portable electronic devices, and other distractions while driving and to reduce crashes attributable to distracted driving.

“This week’s Operation Safe Driver campaign sends a strong message to all drivers to think safety.  In particular, it demonstrates just how serious we are about catching bus or truck drivers who are doing anything less and will make our roads safer and save lives by removing thousands of unsafe truck, bus and car drivers them from the road,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “We will not rest until all drivers are thinking safety first, every trip, every time. The Operation Safe Driver Campaign moves us closer to achieving our safety goals.”

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial, and federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Our mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers. The Alliance actively monitors, evaluates, and identifies solutions to potentially unsafe transportation processes and procedures related to driver and vehicle safety requirements most often associated with commercial motor vehicle crashes. In addition, CVSA has several hundred associate members who are committed to helping the Alliance achieve its goals; uniformity, compatibility and reciprocity of commercial vehicle inspections, and enforcement activities throughout North America by individuals dedicated to highway safety and security. For more on CVSA, visit www.cvsa.org or www.operationsafedriver.org.

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