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Operation Roadcheck in Northern Arizona

Specialized detail conducted near Flagstaff

Monday, June 13, 2011 -

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In a combined effort of the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration along with a partnership with the Arizona Trucking Association, a major commercial vehicle enforcement detail was conducted in the Flagstaff area from June 7-9, 2011.

“Operation Roadcheck is a great example of how the strong partnership between the Arizona Highway Patrol and the Arizona Trucking Association improves public safety,” said Lt. Colonel Jack Hegarty of the Arizona Highway Patrol. “The men and women of the Department involved in the detail did a fantastic job as always and the truck industry significantly increased the impact of the operation by assisting with outreach and communication efforts to drivers on our highways.”

Officers from DPS along with other federal, state and local agencies, including the Arizona Department of Transportation, completed comprehensive inspections of commercial vehicles where all mechanical components and driver credentials were examined. The results of this project are as follows:

1349 commercial vehicles inspected

169 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.

171 of the drivers were placed out of service. The most significant violations were hours of service and false records of duty status.

3574 total violations were discovered by officers during these inspections.

13.0% of the drivers inspected were placed out of service

12.9% of the commercial vehicles inspected were placed out of service

17 motor coach inspections

1 motor coach placed out of service

4 motor coach drivers placed out of service

The Arizona Department of Public Safety, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement also conducted Operation “D.A.R.T.” Driver Awareness Regulation Training, at the Little America and the Pilot Truck Stop in Flagstaff, Az. Officers answered questions and provided handouts regarding hours of service, hazardous materials and other issues. Over 500 commercial vehicle drivers were contacted during this event. This three-day event also included support from the Arizona Trucking Association who provided education to the motoring public on operating passenger vehicles in the “No Zone.” The motoring public was also afforded the opportunity to discuss safety on the roadways with ATA representatives and DPS officers. The ATA 18-wheeler was on site and allowed the motoring public to see first hand the perspective of a commercial motor vehicle by sitting behind the wheel of the truck.


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.