Operation Safe Driver Week is July 12-18 With a Focus on Speeding
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2020 Operation Safe Driver Week will go on as scheduled, July 12-18. During this week-long traffic enforcement safety initiative, law enforcement personnel throughout North America will be looking for drivers who are engaging in unsafe driving behaviours on our roadways. Identified drivers will be pulled over by law enforcement and may be issued a warning or citation.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, less traffic may be encouraging some drivers to ignore traffic safety laws, including speed limits. Despite there being far fewer vehicles on the road due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, many jurisdictions are seeing a severe spike in speeding.
As the number of vehicles on roadways decreased in March and April, average speeds measured during the first week of April increased significantly in the five largest U.S. metropolitan areas. According to recent data, the average speed on interstate highways, state highways and expressways in those areas increased by as much as 75% compared to January and February.
To address this alarming trend of increased speeding on our roadways during the pandemic, CVSA selected speeding as the focus area for this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week.
“It’s essential that this enforcement initiative, which focuses on identifying and deterring unsafe driving behaviours, such as speeding, go on as scheduled,” said CVSA President Sgt. John Samis with the Delaware State Police. “As passenger vehicle drivers are limiting their travel to necessary trips and many commercial motor vehicle drivers are busy transporting vital goods to stores, it’s more important than ever to monitor our roadways for safe transport.”
Morgan Lucas, Son of Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Appointed President of Lucas Oil Products, Inc.
Lucas Oil Products, the California-based distributor and manufacturer of motor oils and additives, announced that Morgan Lucas, Senior Vice President of Lucas Oil Products and son of Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, will take over as the newly appointed President of Lucas Oil. As Lucas Oil continues to grow and expand into different markets, Morgan is poised to make an immediate impact.
Morgan’s career started with his professional racing debut in 2004 and he soon went on to establish his own race team, Morgan Lucas Racing, where he won multiple event championships. It was there that he was able to gain first hand experience of the effects of lubricants in combustion engines. This knowledge proved to be invaluable as he expanded his commitment and role at Lucas Oil Products.
In his new position as President, Morgan will report directly to his father, CEO Forrest Lucas. “I could not be more proud of the professional Morgan has grown up to be. He has worked his way to the top of this company from the ground up and truly showed his potential to us since day one. He’s earned the respect of his teammates, and he’s definitely earned mine,” said Forrest.