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Multi State Blitz Targets Over-Weight Trucks

Date of News Release: 06/17/2010

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- On Wednesday, June 9th, commercial vehicle enforcement personnel and troopers from Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, and Ohio Highway Patrol participated in a multistate enforcement blitz aimed at improving the safety of the interstate system specifically for and around commercial motor vehicles.

The focus of this blitz was to target safety issues concerning commercial motor vehicle drivers, International Fuel Tax (IFTA) violations and vehicle over-weight violations. Fifty-one tickets and 21 warnings were issued for over-weight violations, and 14 tickets and 10 warnings were issued for fuel tax violations. Troopers also targeted drivers of passenger vehicle who choose to operate their vehicles in an unsafe manor around commercial motor vehicles.

In the 24 hour enforcement period, in Kentucky alone, 395 commercial motor vehicles were inspected resulting in 161 traffic citations and 24 written warnings. Of the 395 commercial motor vehicles inspected, 627 violations were discovered and 25 drivers and 75 vehicles were placed out of service.

The totals for the multistate commercial motor vehicle enforcement efforts are as follows: 993 inspections found 2,825 violations, of which 334 were considered "Out of Service Violations". Seventy-eight drivers and 265 vehicles were placed "Out of Service".

Anytime a commercial motor vehicle is involved in a crash the chances of someone being killed increase dramatically. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers from Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio will continue to work together in an effort to reduce the number of deaths and crashes involving unsafe vehicles and driver error.

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