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826 Commercial Vehicle Inspections Performed Last Week As Part Of “Operation Southern Shield”

A Joint State Effort Organized By DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement With Impressive Results

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 -

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Operation “Southern Shield” was conducted Feb. 27 and 28, 2013, on Interstate 10 from the Maricopa/Pinal County line to the Arizona/ New Mexico Border. Operation “Southern Shield” is a part of the Federal Commercial Vehicle Border Enforcement Program and State Safety Crash Reduction Initiative that highlights compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations in border counties. The Operation’s main objectives were to enforce state criminal and traffic laws, reduce collisions involving commercial vehicles and educate the public and drivers on traffic safety in sharing the road with commercial vehicles.

The operation resulted in 826 inspections including the inspections of 34 Commercial Vehicles transporting Hazardous Materials. A total of 109 CMV drivers were placed out of service. The majority of those drivers were found in violation of hours of service while another 11 drivers were either driving with suspended licenses and or otherwise disqualified from operating commercial trucks. Forty-Four commercial vehicles were placed out of service for equipment violations, which included brake, lamp, steering, suspension, tire, wheel and safe loading violations.

This was collaborative effort between the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Enforcement and Compliance Division. The operation involved 66 DPS, AZDOT, Oro Valley and Marana PD officers, who conducted both stationary and roving commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspections and traffic enforcement. They also conducted a public training program in an effort to prevent commercial vehicle collisions.

As part of the Operation “Southern Shield” initiative, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement “Driver Awareness Regulation Training” (DART) and “Share the Road” programs set up public information booths at the Triple T Truck Stop in Tucson and the Wal-Mart parking lot in Marana, and provided commercial motor vehicle drivers, as the general public, educational materials and answered questions concerning a number of related issues. Some of the programs focused on the dangers of driving in blind spots and too close to commercial vehicles, seatbelt usage, the “Move Over” law and log book and equipment related issues. Over 150 people, including truckers, attended these sessions.

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.