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Michigan's Truck Police Step Up Their Efforts

 
Posted Tuesday, June 17th 2014 @ 1pm  by Chuck LaTour, WOOD Radio news team

Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers are organizing a three-day coordinated enforcement operation focusing on commercial vehicle crash reduction along with law enforcement officers from the states of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. This multi-state effort will take place on June 17-19, and will include all counties along Michigan’s southern border.

State Police Sgt. Richard Roberts with the state police motor carrier division tells WOOD Radio officers will target violations that are likely to contribute to a crash.

"It is about safety. Trying to make the road safer for everybody. It doesn't matter to us if the accident is caused by commercial traffic or passenger vehicles, our goal is to prevent the crash."

During this multi-state initiative, officers will focus on violations by commercial vehicle drivers traveling on non-interstate routes. Officers will target violations that are likely to contribute to a crash including speed, following too closely and improper lane use. Equipment violations such as faulty brakes and tires will also be inspected as these may contribute to a commercial vehicle crash.

Multi-state commercial vehicle enforcement initiatives allow for neighboring states to align their resources to focus on traffic safety concerns. The MSP’s participation in these joint initiatives aims to increase the safety of those traveling on Michigan roads. Additional commercial vehicle initiatives are planned for later this summer.

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