HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania State Police placed 219 trucks and 31 drivers out of service during a one-day enforcement effort that inspected commercial vehicles on rural roads and non-interstate highways, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.
The Commercial Motor Vehicle Commonwealth Rural Roads and State Highways detail, or CRASH, was conducted April 21 by state police motor carrier enforcement teams across the state.
"National statistics show that more than 50 percent of all truck crashes occur in rural areas and on non-interstate highways," Pawlowski said. "Monitoring only the interstates is not enough. We need to be active on roads across the state to ensure that commercial vehicles are operated safely."
The enforcement teams inspected 1,255 commercial vehicles during the detail. In addition to placing vehicles and drivers out of service, troopers issued 771 citations and 1,720 written warnings for vehicle and driver violations.
Pawlowski said brake violations are the most common reason for placing vehicles out of service and issuing citations.
For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call 717-783-5556.
Media contacts: Lt. Myra A. Taylor or Jack J. Lewis, 717-783-5556
Editor's Note: The following is a breakdown, by state police troop area, of the number of inspections conducted; number of vehicles placed out of service; and citations issued by state police during the one-day program:
- Troop A (Cambria, Indiana, Somerset and Westmoreland counties), 115 inspections; 38 vehicles placed out of service; 95 citations;
- Troop B (Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington counties), 143 inspections; 12 vehicles placed out of service; 77 citations;
- Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 118 inspections; 23 vehicles placed out of service; 56 citations;
- Troop D (Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties), 110 inspections; 22 vehicles placed out of service; 94 citations;
- Troop E (Crawford, Erie, Venango and Warren counties), 67 inspections; 22 vehicles placed out of service; 50 citations;
- Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 134 vehicles inspected; 16 vehicles placed out of service; 80 citations;
- Troop G (Bedford, Blair, Centre, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties), 93 inspections; eight vehicles placed out of service; 17 citations;
- Troop H (Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Perry and York counties), 73 inspections; 14 vehicles placed out of service; 45 citations;
- Troop J (Chester and Lancaster counties), 81 inspections; 14 vehicles placed out of service; 29 citations;
- Troop K (Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties), 84 inspections; seven vehicles placed out of service; 37 citations;
- Troop L (Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties), 67 inspections; eight vehicles placed out of service; 27 citations;
- Troop M (Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties), 79 inspections; 15 vehicles placed out of service; 32 citations;
- Troop N (Carbon, Columbia, Monroe and part of Luzerne counties), 22 inspections; five vehicles placed out of service; 55 citations;
- Troop P (Bradford, Sullivan, Wyoming and part of Luzerne counties), 12 inspections; three vehicles placed out of service; 26 citations;
- Troop R (Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna and Wayne counties), 57 inspections; 12 vehicles placed out of service; 51 citations issued.
SOURCE Pennsylvania State Police Department