This year's Operation Safe Driver Week will run on July 11-17. During this time, the authorized bodies will carry out activities aimed at improving road safety. In 2021, much attention will be paid to exceeding speed limits on highways.
Reasons for this year's focus are the following statistical facts:
- Speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2018, killing 9,378 people or an average of more than 25 people per day.
- Even a ten mph (16 km/h) increase in speed ups the risk of a crash by 9.1%.
- Speeding still remains the number one cited driver-related factor in fatal highway crashes.
According to the National Safety Council's preliminary estimates, the estimated road fatality rate last year increased by 24% over the previous 12-month period, even though the number of kilometers traveled decreased by 13%. The rise in mortality is the highest jump calculated by the NSC in 96 years.
To accomplish this task, road safety inspectors will attentively monitor commercial vehicle and passenger car drivers. If violations of the established speed are detected, the officials are obliged to stop the driver and give him a warning.
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police said that statistics show that such checks, traffic stops, and interactions with authorities positively affect road safety. Law enforcement officials cooperate with drivers during Operation Safe Driver Week to make roads safer for everyone.
Also, the authorities will control other hazardous road behavior. It includes, for instance:
- reckless or aggressive driving;
- following too closely;
- improper lane change;
- failure to obey traffic control device;
- failure to buckle up;
- drunk or drugged driving, and more.
We want to remain that Operation Safe Driver Week was created to decrease the road's danger level. It is sponsored by CVSA, in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and with support from the motor carrier industry and transportation safety organizations.