Nationwide enforcement blitz running until Sunday

| October 15, 2012

Thousands of law enforcement officers are conducting traffic enforcement operations on trucks, buses and cars throughout North America this week.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Operation Safe Driver mobilization began Oct. 14 and will continue through Oct. 20 throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. During the week, the CVSA, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and partners such as trucking organizations target traffic enforcement of commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicles.

Officers will primarily target safety belt enforcement, driver roadside safety inspections and checking driver regulatory compliance, with an emphasis on speeding, following too close, improper lane changes, failing to obey traffic signs and driving while impaired.

Commercial drivers will be checked for compliance with license requirements and regulations governing medical cards and hours of service.

Specifically, Wisconsin, Florida, New Mexico and Washington state patrol have issued announcements of participation, though other states are participating. Washington noted that last year’s Operation Safe Driver event resulted in 2,117 commercial vehicle inspections and out-of-service orders for 173 vehicles and 76 drivers.

The campaign this year includes efforts to educate all motorists on safe driving behavior around trucks and buses. Media events are scheduled for Yonkers, N.Y. and in Harrison, Ark., to provide such insight.

Public service announcements will broadcast in the three metropolitan regions where the most truck and bus crashes occur: New York-New Jersey-Long Island, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville.

  • East Coast Truck

    How many more sweeps are there going to be this year for commercial trucking.

    -car hauler

  • mousekiller

    Unfortunately these enforcement actions are directed at the wrong people and vehicles. The car drivers that do not hook up trailer lights or pull boats when they and the idiots that never secure anything in their pick up trucks or trailers. We are to blame for their short comings in driving skill.

  • Greek

    CVSA is a bunch of bull ! They worry about how meany houres a truck driver works , well there should be limets on how long a cop works . I know of some that put in all kind of houres working extra jobs and no one is watching them . Here in houston we had them drunk on duty wrecking the police cars they just give one life for raping a woman in the police car .

  • Greek

    Sweeps ? Don’t you mean Rape’s If it was about safety when the cop was under there checking the brakes if a few were out of adjustment he should adjust them , hell he is already under there .

  • moon

    Hours of service should apply to cops also. Along with textg laws,cell phone use. I believe our 4th amendment protects us from use of electronic devices. (ex running plates from there laptops checking citizens records before pulling them over)They purposely do this tactic to find dirt on you. I drove my friends car he has no license they pulled me over thinking i was him . strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.