“I just passed another Kojak with a Kodak, this place is crawling with bears, where the hell are you?” – Cledus Snow, Smokey and the Bandit 1977
Holiday weekends are notorious for amped up traffic enforcement. But just how far will some jurisdictions go?
The Missouri Highway Patrol Troop A is planning on posting a trooper every 20 miles on Interstates 70, 29, 35 and 470 as well as U.S. Highways 50 and 71.
The New Hampshire State Police is calling for all hands on deck and is even putting the administrative brass back on the road.
Illinois is going all out. The Illinois State Police, the Illinois Secretary of State Police, and more than 500 county and local law enforcement agencies are providing additional safety belt and impaired driving patrols during the two-week mobilization period, which began on May 11. A press release even says there will be “hundreds” of additional patrols.
John and Ponch and the rest of the crew at CHiPS, I mean the California Highway Patrol, will consider Memorial Day weekend a “Maximum Enforcement Period.”
Point being, states always pull out all the stops on holiday weekends. But truckers just consider it a warm-up for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Roadcheck coming up June 5-7.
The 72-hour all-out blitz on truck enforcement is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period.
Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.
CVSA is made up of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor-carrier safety officials and industry representatives in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.