AUGUST 10, 2017 – This year the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week will begin on October 15 and continue through October 21, 2017.  During this 7-day time frame, law enforcement officials throughout the country will pull over approximately 20,000 Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) and private passenger vehicles  in an effort to identify unsafe driving habits and prevent as many accidents as possible. During Safe Driver Week 2016, over 11,000 CMV drivers were issued citations or warnings for unsafe driving behaviors. And while many “blitz weeks” require some level of preparation to ensure you’re operating safely and compliantly, getting ready for Safe Driver Week is a little more straightforward: simply practice safe driving habits and follow the motor vehicle laws in the jurisdictions where you drive. This includes wearing your seatbelt, obeying posted speed limit signs and avoiding using a handheld phone while driving. According to the FMCSA’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study, more than 88 percent of large truck crashes and 93 percent of passenger vehicle crashes were caused by driver behavior. By making an effort to drive safely (all the time – not just during Safe Driver Week), you’ll help make the roadways safer for all of us.