CVSA -Operation Safe Driver Week July 14-20th

“Late won’t kill you, speeding will.”

Speeding and Unsafe driving will be the focus this year during the CVSA Safe Driver Week held between July 14th and 20th.  The predicate for this years focus comes from NHTSA’s 2015 report regarding Traffic Safety Facts.  NHTSA states that 94 percent of all traffic crashes are caused by Drivers’ actions.  More reporting from NHTSA in 2017 reveals that speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all traffic fatalities, just under 10,000 lives lost due to speeding.

Last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week produced just under 17,000 citations for passenger carriers and slightly under 2,000 citations for commercial motor carriers.

Law enforcement will be on the lookout for drivers engaging in unsafe driving behaviors and will be pulling over drivers to issue a warning and/or citation.  It has been reported that the use issuance of citations, although very unpopular with Commercial Drivers, does have an effect on driver behavior.  A study conducted in 2014 states that a 1 percent increase in citations issued led to a 28 percent reduction in motor vehicle crashes.  That looks to be a popular reason that law enforcement has backed and promoted CVSA’s focus on speeding and the message “Late won’t kill you, speeding will.”

 

 

Landscaper DOT Violations

Landscapers Beware! DOT will be doing spot checks and roadsides this spring and summer looking for trucks and trailers without the proper weight combinations, DOT numbers, medical cards and insurance requirements.  DOT knows this is the time of year that companies avoiding regulation will be out operating.  The DOT is doing more than just occasional checks, they are hunting the non compliant companies.  Don’t wait until your driver is suspended and you have costly fines adding up, because it doesn’t just stop there…  The more your company exposes roadside violations the more likely your company will be picked for a DOT audit.

Common questions and notes for Landscaper Outfits:

 

Remember any PA Intrastate Carriers operating a CMV over 17,001lbs gross vehicle weight rating or combination are required to have a US DOT number.

 

Interstate carriers operating a CMV over 10,001lbs gross vehicle weight rating or combination are required to have a US DOT number.

 

Interstate carriers are required to file their UCR by May 2019.

 

Anyone driving a CMV (vehicle with DOT # on the side) is required to fill out a Driver Qualification File, which basically states that the driver is fit and qualified to drive the CMV.

 

DOT drivers are required to have a medical card.

 

Anyone driving a CMV gvwr or combination weight over 26,001lbs should have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL)

 

All CDL drivers must be enrolled into a random drug and alcohol consortium and have taken a Pre-Employment Drug Test prior to driving for any company or must have been previously enrolled in a Drug and Alcohol Consortium for at least a year or have had a negative drug result within the last 6 months in order to omit the pre-employment test.

 

These are the most common issues discovered during audits for Landscape Outfits .

 

For more questions visit us at : http://www.cnsprotects.com/DOT requirements

Annual Thanksgiving I-40 Challenge

Troopers in California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina are participating in the effort that aims to achieve zero fatalities along the 2,559 miles of interstate during Thanksgiving.

State troopers on I-40 from coast to coast will be out in force over the Thanksgiving holiday period as part of the annual Thanksgiving I-40 Challenge, an eight-state initiative to combat unsafe driving during one of the most heavily-traveled periods of the year.

Drivers should expect to see a trooper at least every 20 miles from Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25.

According to AAA, 54.3 million Americans are expected to travel during Thanksgiving, an increase over last year’s numbers.

“Our mission is simple; reduce needless collisions in hopes of reporting zero fatalities statewide,” said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, in a statement.