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State Police blitz truckers on I-94 and I-69

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Earlier this month, Dec. 5-9, the Indiana State Police troopers and motor carrier inspectors participated in a coordinated enforcement blitz on truck traffic with the Michigan State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the ISP reported on Tuesday.

During that five-day period, a total of 1,612 Level 3 inspections--focusing on driver and paperwork violations--was conducted, with 1,499 citations and warnings issued, the ISP said.

“Of particular note, 12 CMV drivers were cited or incarcerated for drug and or alcohol violations,” the ISP added.

The ISP specifically concentrated its efforts on I-94 and I-69 in Northern Indiana, in conjunction with the MSP.

“November and December traditionally see a significant increase in commercial vehicle traffic due to increased shipping related to the Christmas Holiday Season,” said Assistant Commander Capt. Jon Smithers of the ISP Commercial Vehicle Inspection Division. “The regulations are enforced to ensure the safety of everyone operating on the nation’s highways. These regulations include actual driving time limits, on duty time limits and zero tolerance for non-prescription drugs and alcohol use.”

Among the citations issued to truckers were the following: for failure to obey traffic control device, following too closely, improper lane change, improper passing, inattentive or careless driving, operating while fatigued or ill, texting, using a hand-held device, and possession of or operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.



Posted 12/21/2106




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