The Illinois State Police inspected hundreds of commercial vehicles last week during a 24 hour truck safety enforcement campaign.

“Operation Sauter” is a yearly truck safety enforcement campaign held in honor of Trooper James Sauter, who died in Chicago in 2013 when his parked squad car was struck by a semi whose driver allegedly fell asleep.

The fourth annual Operation Sauter campaign was held this year on March 28-29. During the aggressive 24 hour effort, troopers inspected 1,437 trucks. Of those trucks, 138 were placed out of service. Troopers also issued 132 citations and 624 written warnings.

ISP Director Leo Schmitz stated, “The results of ‘Operation Sauter’ are a reflection of our dedication to the memory of Trooper James Sauter, and our oath to protect Illinois citizens. I am proud of the men and women of the ISP who risk their lives each and every day, working hard to protect the motoring public along Illinois highways.

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