A group of states along the Great Lakes are increasing commercial vehicle enforcement this week as part of a coordinated campaign to reduce commercial vehicle crashes.
State patrols in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio will be beefing up their presence now through Dec. 7, according to news releases from the various law enforcement agencies.
During the initiative, motor carrier officers will focus on violations by commercial vehicles that are most likely to contribute to a crash. Those include speeding, following too close, improper passing, distracted driving and improper lane use.
In Michigan, the State Police will be increasing patrols on Interstate 94 as part of their coordinated “Eyes on 94” campaign.
“This enforcement effort is a great example of the commitment by the MSP, Indiana State Police, Illinois State Police and the Ohio Highway Patrol to reach our common goal of increasing traffic safety and reducing crashes,” Capt. Michael Krumm, commander of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, said in a news release. “We hope to increase awareness by means of high visibility enforcement on the I-94 corridor, which is prone to weather-related crashes this time of year involving interstate commercial vehicle drivers.”
Multi-state commercial vehicle enforcement initiatives allow for neighboring states to align their resources to collectively focus attention on safety concerns involving interstate traffic.
In Ohio, the State Highway Patrol will be focusing on enforcement along Interstates 70 and 75. A news release issued Monday by the OHSP says commercial motor vehicle inspectors will also be conducting Level 3 inspections roadside. Level 3 inspections target driver qualifications, including proper licensing, medical certificates and hours of service.
A representative of the Indiana State Police says the Hoosier State’s enforcement increase will be statewide this week, according to a report by Land Line Now’s Mary McKenna.
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