Last week, law enforcement in Indiana conducted a safety blitz along U.S. 20 specifically targeting truck drivers. Operation Truck Stop ended on Friday, July 3, and the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office has released the results.
Conducted in three county areas by the Indiana State Police, Michigan City Police, Porter County Sheriff’s Police, La Porte County Sheriff’s Police and the St. Joseph County Police, the safety blitz handed out 243 citations and 289 warnings. Indiana State Police conducted 74 truck inspections and 46 trucks were weighed and measured.
Indiana State Police reported 36 overweight violations, 10 impounded trucks, and 105 violations of Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. Fourteen commercial vehicles were placed out of service. Porter County Sheriff’s Police assisted with 15 commercial vehicle inspections. Indian State Police has several troopers who specialize in commercial vehicle enforcement, whereas Porter County Sheriff’s Police has only one.
Law enforcement found more than just FMCSA violations. Porter County Police arrested one driver for Operating While Intoxicated, recovered a stolen assault rifle, and confiscated $6,700, according to a La Porte Country Sheriff’s Office release. La Porte County arrested another driver for possession of marijuana and made three more arrests for reckless driving. One driver was reportedly driving at speeds of 120 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.
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