Operation Safe Driver Week is scheduled for July 11 — 17, 2021
During Operation Safe Driver Week, law enforcement agencies across North America engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed at combating unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger-vehicle drivers. Activities are held across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the goal of increasing commercial vehicle and non-commercial vehicle traffic enforcement, safety belt enforcement, driver roadside inspections and driver regulatory compliance.
2021 Focus Area: Speeding
The focus area for this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week is speeding.
Speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2018, killing 9,378 people or an average of more than 25 people per day.
Data shows that even a 10 mph (16 km/h) increase in speed ups the risk of a crash by 9.1%.
Speeding continues to be the number one cited driver-related factor in highway fatal crashes.
Brutal heatwave across several Western States
Daily record highs reported in cities like Las Vegas, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. The National Weather Service has excessive heat warnings posted across most of California, much of Utah, the western half of Arizona, southern and western Nevada, southern and eastern Oregon, as well as southern Idaho. The mercury will soar to triple digits, topping 110 degrees in many spots. In some parts of the Desert Southwest, highs will exceed 115 degrees, possibly reaching up to 130 in Death Valley. Temperatures will hit the 90s in the high elevations of the Sierra Nevada foothills.
Drivers please take extra care of yourselves, stay hydrated and drink plenty of Water. When possible, drive more in the evenings to reduce heat related driver fatigue. Take plenty of breaks and look out for your fellow drivers and motorists.