When Commercial Vehicle Officers arrived in Missouri for the 2018 CVSA Annual Conference, they weren’t expecting to receive two awards on just the very first day.

Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) holds a conference and exhibition to provide government officials, enforcement, and industry leaders the opportunity to “gather together to affect meaningful change.”

In addition to networking and skill-building, the conference also hosts an award ceremony; recognizing the work done by commercial vehicle officers across the country. This year, the Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division took home two awards: SafetyNet Data Accuracy Award and Lowest Commercial Vehicle Fatality Rate Award.

SafetyNet Data Accuracy Award

What exactly is SafetyNet? SafetyNet is a nationally accessible database created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that allows each state to enter in commercial vehicle information. All the data collected helps FMCSA and local law enforcement officials see safety ratings, trigger compliance reviews, determine crash indicators, and can even alert officers if unsafe companies or trucks are driving on their roads.

The Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division SafetyNet team is responsible for collecting and uploading commercial vehicle information on behalf of all the law enforcement agencies in the state of Washington. This year, CVSA recognized SafetyNet as the best in the country with near-perfect scores in the following categories:
• Crash Record Completeness – 100%
• Fatal Crash Completeness – 110%
• Crash Timeliness – 100%
• Crash Accuracy – 100%
• Inspection Record Completeness – 100%
• Inspection VIN Accuracy – 98%
• Inspection Timeliness – 98%
• Inspection Accuracy – 100%

Lowest Commercial Vehicle Fatality Rate Award

The Washington State Patrol also took home the Lowest Commercial Vehicle Fatality Rate Award. This year, the WSP Commercial vehicle Enforcement Bureau has been focused on increasing CVSA inspections at scales as well as roadsides throughout the state. On top of increased inspections, the WSP Commercial Vehicle Division and the Motor Carrier Safety Division have been dedicated to participating in more national emphases, operations, and initiatives in order to decrease serious injury or fatal collisions.

The agency will continue in its efforts to keep Washington roads safe for all drivers.