December 7, 2016 11:35 AM, EST

Moving Violations Dominate Citations During Operation Safe Driver Week

Moving violations were clearly the biggest unsafe driving behavior during Operation Safe Driver Week, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced Dec. 7.

During the Oct. 16-22 event, nearly 3,000 safety enforcement officials in the U.S. and Canada issued warnings or citations to 11,182 drivers of both commercial and passenger vehicles.

The top five warnings and citations issued to CMV drivers were:

1. State and Local Moving Violations – 56.7%

2. Speeding – 19.6%

3. Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device – 7.6%

4. Failing to Use a Seatbelt – 7.1%

5. Using a Handheld Phone – 2.4%

“This year, the Operation Safe Driver Week campaign specifically targeted the unsafe driving behaviors that are more often the cause of crashes,” CVSA President Julius Debuschewitz said. “Through a variety of high-visibility and covert driver traffic enforcement initiatives, in addition to driver education and outreach activities, law enforcement agencies capitalized on the opportunity the weeklong campaign provided to continue their work toward making sure the drivers on our nations’ roadways are sharing and navigating those roadways safely.”

CVSA holds this weeklong campaign every year because unsafe driver behaviors continue to be the leading cause of roadway crashes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cites driver behavior as the critical reason for more than 88% of large truck crashes.