PA State Police: No link between inspection blitz and rally

| 9/27/2007

The man who heads up the State Police commercial vehicle inspection division in Pennsylvania says there’s no connection between an inspection blitz this week and a recent anti-tolling rally by truckers at the state capitol Monday.

Calls by truckers to OOIDA, the Dave Nemo Show on XM Satellite Radio’s Channel 171 and several call-in radio shows have argued there’s a link between the inspections and the truckers’ rally, which opposed making Interstate 80 a toll road.

Lt. Anthony Sivo, commander of the commercial vehicle inspection division of the Pennsylvania State Police, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio there is increased enforcement activity this week, but that it has nothing to do with Monday’s rally and press conference.

Sivo said the statewide crackdown is called “Operation Safe Driver,” and that it has been planned since August.

Sivo said the operation started Monday and runs through Thursday, Sept. 27. It targets drivers more than vehicles – with lots of Level 3 inspections.

– By Reed Black, staff writer