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282 trucks taken out of service in enforcement effort

Published May 12. 2010 05:00PM

Pennsylvania State Police troopers and motor carrier enforcement officers placed 282 trucks out of service and issued 945 traffic citations during a one-day enforcement effort that focused on inspecting the brakes of commercial vehicles, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

Operation Air brake was conducted statewide on May 5.

"The teams did roadside inspections and educated drivers and mechanics on the importance of proper brake maintenance," Pawlowski said. "Improperly adjusted air brakes increase the stopping distance for large vehicles, which increases the risk to the driver of the vehicle and others on the road."

He said 1,273 commercial vehicles were inspected. In addition to placing vehicles out of service and issuing traffic citations, officers handed out 1,929 written warnings for vehicle and driver violations and placed 36 drivers out of service. Two commercial vehicle drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.

Pawlowski said having improperly adjusted brakes was the most common reason for vehicles being placed out of service.

Operation Air brake was sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, an organization whose membership includes law enforcement officials, truck and bus companies, industry associations and insurance companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information about the organization is available at

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