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Fall 2010 | Vol. 12 | No. 5
Operation Safe Driver Campaign Extended for 2011
Operation Safe Driver (OSD) is a campaign to reduce the number of traffic fatalities resulting from crashes involving large trucks or buses and passenger vehicles. The campaign was launched in 2007 by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Association (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), law enforcement, and industry.
This year, OSD ran from October 17- 23. During this period, law enforcement officers across America targeted unsafe and aggressive driving practices by both passenger and commercial vehicle drivers. Other activities included stepped-up safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections, driver regulatory compliance, commercial driver educational and awareness programs, and public education on safe operations around commercial motor vehicles.
CVSA also ran a free Teens and Trucks Training program to help educate teens about safe driving practices around commercial vehicles. This program receives support from both private and public driver education programs.
In 2011, CVSA will be working with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Arizona Trucking Association to develop a new OSD training component on distracted driving. This will include a variety of educational materials for use in truck driver training, trucking company safety meetings, CDL schools, defensive driving classes, and safety meetings and classes for mechanics and service truck drivers. They also plan to develop sample company distracted driver policies.