PA prowl pounces on truckers; other operations planned

| 8/9/2002

Between July 21 and July 27, Pennsylvania authorities placed 282 commercial vehicle drivers and 942 commercial vehicles out of service during a truck inspection program known as Operation Strike Three.

"We have put the trucking industry on notice that Pennsylvania will not tolerate unsafe trucks on our highways," said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Paul J. Evanko. "We intend to keep up the pressure to make our highways safer for operators of all vehicles."

Enforcement teams found violations in 2,625 of the 2,927 CV inspections. They issued 824 driver citations, 1,177 driver warnings, 2,643 defect citations, and 6,079 defect warnings.

Teams also weighed 816 commercial vehicles, resulting in eight overweight citations, three overweight warnings and four oversize citations. Troopers also cited drivers of both commercial and passenger vehicles who engaged in actions that contribute to commercial vehicle-related crashes. Speeding citations were issued to 230 passenger vehicle drivers and 63 commercial veh icle drivers.

Two more weeklong operations will be conducted before the end of the year, Evanko said.