05/06/11 On Thursday, April 28, 2011 commercial motor vehicle enforcement personnel from the Indiana State Police and Michigan State Police participated in a combined enforcement project aimed at improving the safety of commercial motor vehicle traffic. The enforcement effort focused on major interstate highways within the two states.
87 enforcement personnel focused their efforts on speeding, following too close, unsafe lane movement, equipment and registration violations, cargo securement, oversized loads, and fuel tax compliance.
During the one-day enforcement effort, a total of 383 vehicles were stopped resulting in 227 citations for various commercial vehicle safety violations, including 65 overweight citations, 31 traffic violation citations, and 41 citations for equipment and driver violations.
Additionally, officers conducted 348 vehicle and driver inspections, resulting in 47 vehicles and 26 drivers being immediately placed out-of-service due to serious safety violations.
Fatal crashes involving commercial vehicles underscore the need for a continued focus on traffic enforcement efforts, especially in the heavily traveled commercial vehicle corridors.
Major Jeffrey Walker, Commander of the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division said, “This multi-state operation was the first of several planned for the upcoming construction and travel season. Traffic safety is everyone’s responsibility. It is the goal of the Indiana State Police to make interstate roadways as safe as possible for all motorists”.