Last week’s commercial vehicle enforcement blitz sponsored by the Arizona Department of Public Safety resulted in 145 trucks being placed out of service.
Over 1000 Trucks Inspected During Enforcement Blitz
The three day inspection, dubbed “Operation Southern Shield” ran from March 1-3. Officials say that over 1000 trucks between the Mexican border and Tucson were inspected during that period.
134 Truck Drivers Also Placed Out Of Service
In all, the Arizona DPS placed 145 of the 1,068 trucks that they inspected out of service for various mechanical issues. Additionally, 134 truck drivers were placed out of service.
As part of Operation Southern Shield, 117 truck drivers took part in Driver Awareness Regulation Training (DART) to get updated on the latest regulation changes.
Operation Is Considered A Success
Jeff Lane, who has the impressive title of Southern Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Commander, calls the operation a success: “Working in concert with numerous state and local partners, Operation Southern Shield 2016 was highly effective in the enforcement of commercial motor vehicle rules and regulations, as well as having provided information to more than 115 professional drivers. The real payoff of these efforts is the safe operation and reduction of collisions involving commercial motor vehicles.”