The Pa. State Police at Public Utility Commission placed 101 trucks out of service and issued 1,130 citations during their statewide Operation SAFE enforcement efforts conducted on March 31, according to Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski.
"During Operation SAFE, which stands for Seatbelt and Fatigue Enforcement, members of the state police monitor carrier enforcement teams, working with specially trainer personnel from the PUC, focused their attention on seat belt use by truckers and on examining commercial driver's licenses, vehicle inspection reports, hours of service logs and other required documentation," Pawlowski said. "The goal is not to disrupt commerce on our highways but to ensure that commercial vehicle drivers are operating safely and in accordance with the law."
He said 2,304 commercial vehicles were inspected. In addition to placing vehicles out of service and issuing the citations, officers handed out 1,569 written warnings for vehicle or driver violations and placed 94 drivers out of service. He said 90 traffic citations were issued to drivers not wearing seat belts.
Among the local efforts were:
Troop L, Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties - 99 inspections, three vehicles placed out of service, and 30 citations issued.
Troop M, Bucks, Lehigh and Monroe counties, as well as parts of Luzerne County - 112 inspections, six vehicles placed out of service, and 53 citations issued.
Troop N, Carbon, Columbia ad Monroe countiues, as well as parts of Luzerne County - 47 inspections, four vehicles placed out of service, and 81 citations issued.
Troop T, Pa. Turnpike, 239 inspections, one vehicle placed out of service, and 255 citations issued.