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Being a safe driver is essential for yourself and everyone else on the road. Driving under the influence, distracted or at an unsafe speed can result in serious injuries. Educating yourself on safe driving behaviors is the best way to keep the road safe for everyone. 

What Is Operation Safe Driver Week?

Operation Safe Driver Week is an outreach program that aims to educate and improve driving behaviors. This year’s Operation Safe Driver Week will occur from July 11 to July 17. 

During this week, law enforcement officers will be extra vigilant for commercial and passenger motor vehicle drivers performing unsafe driving behaviors. Drivers practicing unsafe behaviors will receive a warning or citation.

Law enforcement officers will also be monitoring specific dangerous driving behaviors such as aggressive driving, drunk driving and failure to use a seatbelt. While not all accidents on the road are preventable, targeting and stopping high-risk behaviors will help reduce accidents. 

2021’s Operation Safe Driver Week Focus

Despite the drop in mileage driven last year, the National Safety Council estimates that motor vehicle deaths spiked by 24%. Fewer motorists on the road combined with an increased urgency for supplies caused many vehicles to travel faster for more severe accidents. This alarming statistic is why the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) chose the main focus of this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week 2021 to be speeding. 

This topic may sound familiar to some, as it was also the focus of 2020’s Operation Safe Driver Week. Given that speeding has been a factor in more than a quarter of road-related deaths according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), the CVSA wanted to reiterate this important topic. 

The secondary focus of Operation Safe Driver Week 2021 is other problematic driving behaviors. Driving recklessly, distracted or too close to the cars in front of you can also cause serious harm to yourself and others. In 2019 alone, distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,142 Americans, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Contact the Hazmat School

If you’d like to learn how to keep yourself and others safe on the road, contact Hazmat School today. We offer training courses and certifications to help you meet compliance goals and build a culture of safety. Give us a call at 877-674-2669 or fill out our online contact form today.

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