Pennsylvania State Police Effort Yields 801 Citations to Commercial Truck

Pennsylvania State Police Effort Yields 801 Citations to Commercial Truck Drivers

State Troopers Inspect Nearly 500 Trucks during Five-Day Program

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania State Police troopers issued 801 traffic citations and placed 21 trucks and 20 drivers out of service during a five-day enforcement effort that focused on traffic violations by commercial vehicle drivers, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

"Many crashes involving commercial vehicles are the result of traffic violations such as speeding, unsafe lane changes, or following too closely," Pawlowski said. "During this detail, troopers stopped trucks for Vehicle Code violations and then conducted roadside vehicle inspections and checked drivers' required documentation."

Pawlowski said the detail was conducted Nov. 21-25 by troopers trained through the department's Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. The effort was titled the Commercial Motor Vehicle Traffic Enforcement And MCSAP (Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program) detail, or T.E.A.M.

He said troopers conducted 495 roadside inspections as part of the detail.

Lt. Raymond Cook, commander of the state police Commercial Vehicle Safety Section, said troopers will conduct similar enforcement operations during 2010.

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Editor's Note: Following is a breakdown, by state police troop area, of the number of inspections conducted and citations issued by troopers during the five-day program:

* Troop A (Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties), 45 inspections; 32 citations;
* Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 56 inspections; 57 citations;
* Troop D (Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties), 50 inspections; 43 citations;
* Troop E (Crawford, Erie, Venango and Warren counties), 43 inspections; 97 citations;
* Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 66 inspections; 149 citations;
* Troop G (Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties), 37 vehicles inspected; 97 citations;
* Troop J (Chester and Lancaster counties), 25 inspections; 40 citations;
* Troop K (Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties), 31 inspections; 65 citations;
* Troop L (Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties), 40 inspections; 62 citations;
* Troop M (Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties), 45 inspections; 53 citations;
* Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 31 inspections; 43 citations;
* Troop T (Pennsylvania Turnpike), 26 inspections; 63 citations;
* Troops B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties, H (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties), N (Carbon, Columbia, Monroe and part of Luzerne counties) and P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties) did not participate in the T.E.A.M. detail due to other operational obligations.

SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police Department