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Mixed results from safety blitz

Jill Dunn | December 30, 2009

The results of this year’s Operation Safe Driver campaign indicated an increase in moving traffic warnings and citations for all drivers, but a lower rate of out-of-service violations and citations for drivers and vehicles.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration created the annual campaign in 2007 to target unsafe driving.

This year’s event, Oct. 18-24, included 5,231 law enforcement personnel at 1,177 locations in the United States and Canada.

Of the commercial motor vehicle roadside inspections, more than 5.4 percent resulted in the driver being placed out of service and slightly more than 26 percent of the Level I Inspections resulted in the vehicles being placed out of service. Last year’s driver out-of-service rate was 5.3 percent.

  • For drivers, violations and out-of-service violations per roadside inspection was up a little, but there were .04 citations per roadside inspection compared to .08 in 2008.
  • For vehicles, there were 1.12 violations per roadside inspection, compared to 0.74 in 2008; .19 out-of-service violations per roadside inspection, compared to .38 in 2008 and .05 citations per roadside inspection, contrasted with .11 in 2008.

The campaign also conducted 102 targeted compliance reviews on truck and motorcoach operations that employ the “worst of the worst” drivers. Eighteen carriers received a conditional safety rating and nine carriers received an unsatisfactory safety rating.

More information on the campaign is available at

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