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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

107 Trucks, 72 Drivers Placed Out of Service During Operation SAFE

107 Trucks, 72 Drivers Placed Out of Service During Operation SAFE
State Police Teams Focus on Seat Belt Use and Commercial Driver Fatigue
Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania State Police placed 107 trucks and 72 commercial
drivers out of service during a one-day enforcement effort that focused on seat belt use and driver fatigue, Commissioner Frank Noonan announced today.

Operation SAFE, which stands for Seat Belt and Fatigue Enforcement, was
conducted across the state on June 1 by motor carrier enforcement teams.

“According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 750
people die and 20,000 others are injured each year in crashes in the United States
involving fatigued commercial vehicle drivers,” Noonan said. “In addition, federal
statistics show that almost half of all commercial vehicle drivers killed in crashes
are not wearing a seat belt.”

Teams focused their attention on seat belt use by truckers and examined hours of
service logs and other required documentation, Noonan said.

During the enforcement effort, Noonan said state police teams inspected 1,588
commercial vehicles, resulting in 776 traffic citations and 1,078 written warnings.
He said 51 percent of the truck inspections found of at least one violation of federal motor carrier safety regulations.

“Our personnel issued 107 traffic citations to commercial drivers not wearing their seat belts and placed 57 drivers out of service for duty status violations,” Noonan added.

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
numbers of citations and warnings issued by state police during the one-day
program:

· Troop C (Clarion, Clearfield, Forest, Elk, Jefferson and McKean counties), 136
inspections; nine vehicles placed out of service; nine drivers placed out of
service; 48 citations; 167 warnings.

· Troop F (Cameron, Clinton, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter,
Snyder, Union and Tioga counties), 103 vehicles inspected; two vehicles
placed out of service; seven drivers placed out of service; 56 citations; 65
warnings.

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