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The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) partners with the Arizona Trucking Association (ATA) in support of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Operation Safe Driver

Results of week long enforcement as part of Operation Safe Driver

Thursday, October 27, 2011 -

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During the week of October 16th through October 22nd, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) in a partnership with the Arizona Trucking Association (ATA) conducted a high-visibility enforcement operation along with public outreach events during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver week.

This detail was focused primarily along Interstate 10 and Interstate 40. Enforcement activities statewide resulted in 1,419 commercial vehicle inspections and 561 passenger car traffic stops. Enforcement summary:

Commercial Vehicle Inspections 1,419

Driver out of service rate 14.0%

Vehicle out of service rate 11.9%

Citations Issued 224

Passenger Car Traffic Stops 561

Citations Issued 231

Approximately 200 DPS Highway Patrol Officers took part in the enforcement effort. Additionally, Highway Patrol Officers and ATA staff taught the Share the Road curriculum to the motoring public at the Love’s Truck Stop during two days of the event. The officers and industry members provided literature explaining the Share the Road concept during both events. DPS Officers played a Distracted Driving video that was produced by DPS, CVSA and the ATA during the event. The video focuses on distracted driving for both commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles and the major causes of distracted driving.

Operation Safe Driver occurs every October and focuses on enforcement of crash-causing moving violations committed by both commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles operating around large trucks and buses.

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.