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More than 47,000 drivers cited during safety blitz

Police officers around the country cited almost 47,000 passenger and commercial vehicle drivers and issued more than 85,000 warnings during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's most recent Operation Safe Driver Week. The annual road safety blitz began on July 14 and ended on July 20. The CVSA asked law enforcement to concentrate on speeding violations during Operation Safe Driver Week, and 17,556 of the 46,752 citations issued were handed to drivers who either exceeded posted speed limits or drove too fast for prevailing traffic conditions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, excessive speed is a factor in one in four fatal motor vehicle accidents in Tennessee and across the U.S.

While the goal of Operation Safe Driver Week is to reduce truck accident injuries and deaths, the vast majority of the drivers ticketed during the safety initiative were behind the wheel of passenger vehicles. Government crash data reveals that most deadly tractor-trailer crashes are caused by a reckless car, SUV or pickup truck driver.

The second most common motor vehicle violation cited during Operation Safe Driver Week was failing to fasten seat belts. Road safety experts say that buckling up is the most effective thing that vehicle occupants can do to protect themselves in an accident.

Experienced personal injury attorneys may seek to have the vehicles involved in a collision inspected when their clients were injured in an accident that may have been cause by a driver who exceeded the posted speed limit. This is because most new vehicles have electronic systems that keep track of data like vehicle speeds and store this information on black box-type devices under the hood. Attorneys could also check police reports, witness statements and surveillance camera footage for evidence that could be used to prove negligence in court.

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