Driver Safety Is The Focus of Operation Safe Driver Week

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Operation Safe Driver Week is coming the week of October 16-22, 2016. The week is made up of two initiatives designed to improve driver and roadway safety.

The campaign’s first initiative involves increased traffic enforcement on our roadways. The second includes educational activities designed to improve driver safety. The overall intent of the program is to minimize the risks faced by drivers on a daily basis, in order to reduce injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents.[1] The need for Operation Safe Driver Week is obvious: more than 4,100 deaths and 126,000 injuries resulted from bus and truck crashes alone in 2012.[2]

Enforcement During Operation Safe Driver Week

During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be a heightened presence of law enforcement officials on roadways across the country. In 2013, law enforcement agencies participating in Operation Safe Driver Week performed 74,765 traffic stops, an increase from the 26,487 stops made just one year before. The top reasons cited for these stops included speeding, failure to use a safety belt, and failure to adhere to traffic sign, signals and markers – all of which are behaviors that can cause accidents resulting in injury and death.[3]

Education During Operation Safe Driver Week

The second initiative of Operation Safe Driver Week involves education. Throughout the week, safety and law enforcement officials will hold awareness and training programs that are targeted at commercial carriers, newly licensed teens and the general public. These programs will discuss important topics such as blind spots, proper maneuvering room, and how to reduce distracted driving.[4]

To learn more about this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week, visit their website. For more information on the individual campaigns that comprise Operation Safe Driver Week, consider visiting at “Teens & Trucks,” and “Defeating Distracted Driving” at “Sharing the Road” and “How to Defeat Distracted Driving.”  It’s up to all of us to help keep roads safe!

About The Author: Chris Guedri was named "Lawyer of the Year 2015" by Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury-Plaintiffs in Richmond, VA. He  has more than 30 years of experience and is a trial attorney and partner with the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen.

[1] See the Operation Safe Driver Week website, available at



[4] See above at footnote 3.

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