Operation Safe Driver results revealed

Members of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), are driving down the number of deaths on highways resulting from poor driving behaviors of car, truck, bus drivers through its Operation Safe Driver campaign.

Conducted October 20-25, 2008, across North America, the weeklong blitz included 4,321 law enforcement personnel at 1,332 localities in 31 states and several Canadian provinces.

2008 Operation Safe Driver Results:

•32,708 CMV roadside inspections.

•5.3% resulted in the driver being placed out of service.

•22.9% of Level I Inspections resulted in the vehicle(s) being placed OOS.

•In 2007, there were 20,523 inspections conducted and a driver OOS rate of 10.2%

—For drivers:

•0.43 violations per roadside inspection.

•0.14 OOS violations per roadside inspection.

•0.08 citations per roadside inspection.

—For vehicles:

•0.74 violations per roadside inspection.

•0.38 OOS violations per roadside inspection.

•0.11 citations per roadside inspection.

•16,784 CMV driver traffic enforcement contacts.

•3,247 warnings were issued (0.19 per contact).

•6,143 citations were issued (0.37 per contact).

•In 2007, there were 16,636 contacts, which resulted in 4,229 moving violations (0.25 violations per contact).

•11,151 non-CMV driver traffic enforcement contacts.

•1,808 warnings were issued (0.16 per contact).

•8,405 citations were issued (0.75 per contact).

•In 2007, there were 6,698 contacts, which resulted in 4,860 moving violations (0.73 violations per contact).

•19,428 CMV driver license checks and 6,422 non-CMV driver license checks

In addition, 42 targeted Compliance Reviews of truck and motorcoach operations were conducted by FMCSA personnel on motor carriers employing the "worst of the worst" commercial drivers. This resulted in: Nine carriers (or 21.4% of total reviews) receiving a Conditional Safety Rating. (The national average of carriers rated Conditional in 2007 was 26.7%). Four carriers (or 9.5% of total reviews) received an Unsatisfactory Safety Rating. (The national average of carriers rated unsatisfactory in 2007 was 5.5%.)

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