The Importance of Having Well Qualified Drivers on our Roadways

While large truck and bus crashes have decreased over the last 10 years, over 3,000 people lost their lives in commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes in 2009. Operator error is the number one cause of fatal CMV crashes. One way to address and hopefully reduce CMV crashes is by stopping trucks and busses and identifying that the driver is qualified to operate the vehicle.

This week the IACP released a video series focused on fraudulent commercial drivers licenses (CDL). This video series was developed to improve an officer’s understanding of CDLs, allowing officers to confidently examine a CDL and safely interact with a CMV driver. The video covers topics such as how to examine the CDL, including its security features, identifying a fraudulent CDL, and officer safety considerations when interacting with a CMV.

This seven-part video series, developed in partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, can be viewed in its entirety or as an individual section within the series. These videos can be used during roll call or for an officer who is interested in learning more about the commercial driver’s license.  The seven video topics are:

  • Part I: Driver Documentation
  • Part 2: Security Features
  • Part 3: Examining the CDL
  • Part 4: The Fraudulent CDL
  • Officer Safety Part 1: The CMV Stop
  • Officer Safety Part 2: Approaching the CMV
  • Officer Safety Part 3: Driver Contact

View the videos here.

For more information about this program, contact Sarah Horn, program manager at or at 703-836-6767, ext. 215.

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