Oregon troopers sweep I-5 for unsafe trucks

| Friday, July 12, 2002

The Oregon State Police recently conducted their annual Operation Trucker Check searching for "impaired or fatigued" commercial vehicle drivers and truck equipment problems. This year's blitz was at the Woodburn Port of Entry on I-5.

The state police teamed up with local law enforcement agencies and the state Transportation Department for the inspections, which took place over a 48-hour period from June 26-28. According to state police, a total of 367 trucks and their drivers were inspected resulting in 38 trucks and drivers being placed out of service for various violations.

Officers trained as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) conducted safety checks of each driver, which lead to the arrest of three drivers for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII). In each case, drugs other than alcohol were suspected. In all, officers issued 41 citations and 332 warnings.

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