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Passenger car drivers speed more than commercial drivers, alliance finds

Greenbelt, MD – Passenger vehicle drivers were cited for speeding “significantly” more often than commercial truck and bus drivers during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Operation Safe Driver campaign in 2013, according to the alliance.

During the event, 6,174 law enforcement officers pulled over 74,765 commercial and passenger vehicle drivers at 1,868 preselected locations in the United States and Canada between Oct. 20 and 26. Among the results:

  • The proportion of commercial drivers warned or cited for speeding decreased to 7.3 percent from 10.8 percent in 2012. The proportion of passenger vehicle drivers warned or cited for speeding remained similar between the two years at about 56 percent.
  • Warnings and citations issued for not using a safety belt decreased, to 2.9 percent of commercial drivers from 3.8 percent in 2012, and to 2.6 percent of passenger vehicle drivers from 5.1 percent the previous year

The annual event was launched in 2007 in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help address unsafe driving behaviors among commercial and passenger vehicle drivers.