Press Release

ATA’s Law Enforcement Advisory Board Lends Support for Safe Driving Push

Jul 07, 2023

CVSA announced July 9-15 as this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week

Washington—In advance of Operation Safe Driver Week, a public safety initiative spearheaded by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the American Trucking Associations’ Law Enforcement Advisory Board is encouraging all drivers to engage in safe driving practices and share the road.

ATA established the LEAB in 2021 to help strengthen the ties between the trucking industry and law enforcement community and better align our resources toward the common goal of promoting safety on the nation’s roadways.  The LEAB is comprised of ATA members with experience in federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as current and retired law enforcement officials who serve or served in the CMV domain.

“Unsafe drivers endanger their own lives as well as the lives of others,” said Fred Fakkema, chairman of the LEAB and VP of safety and compliance for Zonar Systems.  “Law enforcement professionals are on alert every minute of every day to help prevent collisions by pulling over distracted or aggressive drivers.  Operation Safe Driver Week helps to elevate the issue of safety and gives all drivers an opportunity to reflect on how they can be a part of the solution to safer roads.”

“As a former CVSA president, I know what an important role Operation Safe Driver Week plays in ensuring the safety of everyone on the road,” said Mark Savage, first vice chair of the LEAB and director of connected truck solutions at Drivewyze.  “The vast majority of fleets already take safety very seriously, and for most, this will just be business as usual.  The larger patrol presence drivers will see next week will help reinforce safe driving practices and target those who fail to obey the rules of the road.”

“The safety of our roadways depends on each one of us making safe driving decisions when we get behind the wheel,” said Steve Dowling, second vice chair of the LEAB and director of enterprise safety training at Covenant Logistics.  “Operation Safe Driver Week shines a spotlight on safety through education and enforcement actions and gives greater visibility to the brave police officers and state troopers who put their lives on the lines to protect our communities every day.”

"It takes all of us to make our roads safer. No matter what you drive – car, truck or motorcycle – we all want to make it home safely to our families,” said Share the Road professional driver Glen Kirk, Old Dominion Freight Line.  “Operation Safe Driving Week is important for all drivers to be aware of their surroundings and a reminder to implement safe driving practices not just this week but year-round.”

Scheduled for July 9-15 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Operation Safe Driver Week aims to improve driving behaviors and reduce the number of crashes through enhanced informational and traffic enforcement strategies as well as promote good driving habits through positive interactions with law enforcement officers.  The program also educates youth and the general public about safely sharing the roads with large trucks and buses.

Examples of unsafe driving behaviors include improper lane changes, passing or turns; driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol; using a handheld device; and failure to wear a seat belt.  This year, a particular emphasis will be placed on deterring speeding.  

According to NHTSA, an estimated 42,795 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes last year.

  • Speed is a factor in 1 in 4 crash deaths.
  • Distracted driving claims more than 3,000 lives annually.
  • 28 people per day die in drunk driving crashes.

Those exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors will be pulled over and ticketed.  During last year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, officers in the U.S. and Canada pulled over more than 35,000 commercial motor vehicles and passenger vehicles and issued 26,164 warnings and citations.

CVSA is a nonprofit organization comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives. The Alliance aims to prevent commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities and believes that collaboration between government and industry improves road safety and saves lives.