The Pennsylvania State Police placed 219 trucks and 31 drivers out of service during a one-day enforcement effort that inspected commercial vehicles on rural roads and noninterstate highways, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced.

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Commonwealth Rural Roads and State Highways detail, or C.R.A.S.H., was conducted April 21 by state police motor carrier enforcement teams across the state.

"National statistics show that more than 50 percent of all truck crashes occur in rural areas and on noninterstate highways," Pawlowski said. "Monitoring only the interstates is not enough. We need to be active on roads across the state to ensure that commercial vehicles are operated safely."

The enforcement teams inspected 1,255 commercial vehicles during the detail. In addition to placing vehicles and drivers out of service, troopers issued 771 citations and 1,720 written warnings for vehicle and driver violations.

Pawlowski said brake violations are the most common reason for placing vehicles out of service and issuing citations.