Every year in Colorado and across the U.S., the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance designates one week as a time of increased traffic law enforcement. In 2019, this initiative, called Operation Safe Driver Week, was undertaken between July 14 and 20. Law enforcement officers wound up issuing 46,752 citations and 87,624 warnings to passenger vehicle and CMV drivers for various traffic offenses.
The 2019 Operation Safe Driver Week had a special focus on speeding, so it was no surprise that speeding was the most cited violation. A total of 17,556 drivers received citations for breaking the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. Of those, 16,102 were passenger vehicle drivers and 1,454 CMV drivers. Speeding offenses also led to 23,127 warnings.
The second most cited violation was the failure to wear a seat belt; 1,794 passenger vehicle drivers and 954 CMV drivers received citations for this. In third place was the failure to obey traffic control devices. Other unsafe actions, such as handheld phone use behind the wheel and improper lane changes, were frequently cited during that week.
Officers also detected drivers who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol or were in possession of one or the other. This was the fifth most common offense among passenger vehicle drivers and the seventh among CMV drivers.
When truck drivers in particular become negligent, they can cause a serious accident that leaves victims with catastrophic injuries. Victims of such an accident may be reimbursed for medical expenses, rehabilitative care, lost income, pain and suffering and more if they file a claim against the trucker. With a lawyer, they may build up a case against the trucker and strive for a settlement out of court. If the company refuses to pay out, the lawyer may prepare for a trial.