CVSA: Passenger cars speeding more than big trucks

by: TruckingInfo

Speeding was again the No. 1 citation for commercial and passenger vehicles during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver campaign in October 2012. However, the results found that passenger car speeding citations are up 10 percent over the previous year, while those issued to the drivers of commercial motor vehicles is up just 2.8 percent.

According to the CVSA release, the results are based on law enforcement officials who pulled over nearly 35,000 commercial vehicles and passenger vehicle during the sixth annual Operation Safe Driver campaign Oct. 14-20, 2012.

Failure to use a safety belt was the second most common offense, and failure to obey a traffic control device while operating the vehicle was the third most common.

Based on the data collected, of the warnings and citations issued during the sweep, the CVSA release states that more than 50 percent of the warning issued were for passenger vehicles, while only 19.6 percent were issued to the drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

“It’s distressing that the number of passenger car drivers who break the law and put their lives and the lives of others in jeopardy while driving around commercial motor vehicles is still so high,” stated Stephen A. Keppler, CVSA’s executive director, in the release. “The majority of fatal crashes that involve large trucks and passenger cars are precipitated by the car driver.”

Operation Safe Driver, which is in its sixth year, is a joint partnership by CVSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

“It is vital to educate the public about driving safely around large trucks and buses and that every driver maintains a sharp focus on safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro in the release.