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PSP trash truck safety inspections leads to citations

Published January 07. 2011 05:00PM

The Pennsylvania State Police placed 113 trucks and 22 drivers out of service in December under a monthlong enforcement effort focused on waste haulers, Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski announced today.

"Our goal was to identify safety defects that can lead to crashes," Pawlowski said. "The most commonly found problems were improperly secured cargo and bad brakes. Keeping Pennsylvania's roads safe for everyone is a priority for State Police."

State Police personnel inspected 1,220 trash trucks during December, resulting in 556 traffic citations and 1,056 written warnings being issued. In addition, teams weighed 2,054 trash trucks to determine compliance with state vehicle weight limits, resulting in 14 additional citations.

The December enforcement effort was the result of a renewed commitment by the State Police and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. A 2010 agreement between the agencies allows DEP to reimburse the State Police up to $550,000 for the program through June 2011.

Pawlowski said that during all of 2010, State Police inspected 5,761 trash trucks statewide, resulting in 3,190 traffic citations being issued as well as 859 vehicles and 95 drivers being placed out of service.

Among the citations issued were:

* Troop L (Berks, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties), 99 inspections; seven vehicles placed out of service; 25 citations.

* Troop M (Bucks, Lehigh and Northampton counties), 67 inspections; 22 vehicles placed out of service; 49 citations;

* Troop N (Carbon, Columbia, Monroe and part of Luzerne counties), 16 inspections; three vehicles placed out of service; 67 citations;

* Troop T (Pennsylvania Turnpike), 69 inspections; 13 vehicles placed out of service; 93 citations issued.

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