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2019 Operation Safe Driver Week: Speeding the most cited offense

For one week every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance intensifies traffic law enforcement in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. This initiative, called Operation Safe Driver Week, has a special focus each year, and for 2019, that focus was on speeding offenses. The 2019 Operation Safe Driver Week took place from July 14 to 20 and ended with a total of 46,752 citations and 87,624 warnings issued to passenger vehicle and CMV drivers.

In all, law enforcement officials issued 17,556 citations for surpassing the speed limit or traveling too fast for conditions. Passenger vehicle drivers were the subject of 16,102 of those violations. The second and third most cited violations for both types of drivers were failure to wear a seatbelt (2,748 citations in all) as well as failing to follow traffic control devices (966 citations in all).

Also among the top 10 offenses for both drivers were texting and handheld phone use behind the wheel -- two all-too-common examples of distracted driving. Distracted driving is a growing issue in the U.S., factoring in 3,166 fatal crashes in 2017.

There were also many examples of drunk driving, drugged driving and drivers possessing alcohol or drugs (558 citations in all). Drunk driving crashes alone claim an average of 11,000 lives every year.

Speeding, drunk driving and distracted driving are just a few examples of negligent behavior. If they lead to motor vehicle crashes, the victims may have good grounds for third-party insurance claims. In Georgia, victims may be as much as 49% to blame and still recover damages, but any degree of fault will naturally lower the amount they receive. To help ensure a fair amount, a victim may want to hire a lawyer. The lawyer could handle all negotiations with the vehicle insurance companies.

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