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Arizona Department of Public Safety Releases Results of Operation Roadcheck

123 vehicles placed out of service along with 140 commercial drivers

Friday, June 18, 2010 -

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During the week of June 8-10, 2010, the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a major commercial vehicle enforcement detail in the Flagstaff area along Interstate 40. Officers completed comprehensive inspections of commercial vehicles where all mechanical components and driver credentials were examined. 81 officers from several Arizona law enforcement agencies took part in “Operation Roadcheck” in which 950 commercial vehicles were inspected.


123 of the vehicles were placed Out of Service for mechanical violations. The most significant violations found involved Braking Systems, Tires/Wheels, Lighting and Safe Loading

140 drivers were placed Out of Service. The most significant violations were Hours of Service and False Records of Duty Status

2964 total violations were discovered by officers during these inspections

15% of the drivers inspected were placed Out of Service

13% of the commercial vehicles inspected were placed Out of Service

14 lbs of Cocaine was seized from a commercial vehicle

2 separate Hazardous Material spills were discovered in trailers. Both were investigated by the Arizona Department of Public Safety Haz-Mat team. Both incidents were cleaned up.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety Commercial Vehicle Enforcement also conducted Operation D.A.R.T. Driver Awareness Regulation Training at Little America in Flagstaff. This is part of the effort aimed at educating the commercial vehicle industry. DART was developed to provide up-to-date information regarding rules and regulations directed toward the over-the-road commercial vehicle driver. Officers answered questions and provided handouts regarding hours of service, hazardous materials and other issues. Over 400 commercial vehicle drivers were contacted during this event.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.