General Headquarters — Columbus, Ohio
For Immediate Release: November
Contact: Lt. Tony Bradshaw (614) 752-2792
COLUMBUS - A total of 555 citations and 345 warnings were issued over the one-day enforcement effort on Wednesday involving commercial motor vehicle enforcement personnel from state police and highway patrol agencies in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. The Nov. 7 combined enforcement project was aimed at improving the safety of commercial vehicle traffic.
During the one-day enforcement effort, a total of 1,091 inspections were conducted by the participating agencies resulting in 1,434 equipment violations, which included 288 violations that were so serious that the vehicles were placed out-of-service until repaired. A total of 496 driver violations were found, with 117 drivers cited for speed.
“Recent fatal crashes involving commercial vehicles underscore the need for a continued focus on traffic enforcement efforts, especially in the heavily traveled commercial vehicle corridors,” Colonel Richard H. Collins, Ohio State Highway Patrol superintendent, said. “The Ohio State Highway Patrol will continue to work closely with other law enforcement agencies to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities that occur due to driver error and unsafe vehicles.”
A total of 78 drivers were placed out-of-service for serious violations ranging from exceeding authorized driving time to commercial driver license violations during the one-day enforcement effort. Participating agencies also recorded 40 hazardous materials violations and placed two hazardous materials vehicles and two hazardous materials drivers out-of-service. Moving violations such as speed and following too closely represented over 29 percent of the total citations issued.
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