It’s that time of year again! Across the country, DOT officers, state troopers, and more are preparing for Operation Safe Driver Week. This is an international safety blitz organized by the CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance). The purpose is to focus on CMV driver habits that are making roads unsafe. Usually, that’s speeding; but it can be anything from distracted driving to lane violations.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Operation Safe Driver Week runs from July 10th through July 16th. It’s nationwide, with cooperation from state and local law enforcement. So there’s not any particular part of the country to avoid or travel with extra caution. Be watching your speed. Also, use GPS and other tools to scout possible high-traffic areas ahead. If you can avoid heavy traffic, you’re less likely to be put in a compromising situation that could lead to a ticket.
Know where the hotspots are. Some areas of the country are hotter for certain types of tickets. Georgia police officers give lots and lots of Lane Violation tickets. California state patrol officers are really strict on speeding. Check out our recent article on ticket hotspots across the country. The more you know, the safer you’ll be.
HOW TO REACT
If you are pulled over during this safety blitz, don’t panic. The penalties for getting caught in a traffic violation this week are no worse than at any other time. A traffic ticket is something you should take seriously, as it can cost you in fines, insurance, and maybe even your job. But remember to treat the officer who’s writing your ticket with respect. The officers participating with the CVSA are not out to ruin your life. The reason for this safety blitz is to try and make the roads safer for everybody. The CVSA is looking at the numbers: almost 40,000 deaths in crashes last year, a 17% rise in speeding-related fatalities. They don’t want anyone to lose their life on the road because of a bad decision to drive dangerously. And so they’re out there trying to make the roads safer for everyone.
But if you got a ticket, that doesn’t mean you are out of options. CDL Legal has a network of proven traffic attorneys across the country that protect truck drivers from tickets. Because the consequences for even a single ticket can be so bad, we protect your driver’s license record. Call us for help with a ticket, a safety inspection, or an accident.