A tri-state commercial vehicle enforcement blitz Wednesday resulted in hundreds of safety violations and citations, the Indiana State Police reported Friday.
Although this type of safety enforcement coordination efforts seem to happen more frequently, ISP Capt. Guy Boruff said that is not the case.
"They're more publicized (now), but this is something we've been doing for years," Boruff said.
Two hundred and five commercial vehicles were inspected, resulting in 715 safety violations between the ISP, the Department of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and the Ohio Highway Patrol. Approximately 65 officers, troopers and in-spectors placed 55 vehicles and 21 drivers out-of-service for serious violations, cited 167 for a variety of traffic violations and gave warnings to 201 for violations, according to the ISP.
Maj. Ed Reuter, Commander of the ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, said the ISP "remains committed to ensuring a safe environment for mo-torist and highway workers alike, and will continue to aggressively pursue compliance of state and federal regulations, including illegal parking along Indiana's interstate system," according to a press release.
Boruff said some of the common violations commercial vehicles are cited for include brake problems, lights and tires. Indiana officers focused on illegal interstate parking and overweight enforcement through check points and officer patrols.
On Wednesday, several ISP officers became in-volved in a hostage situation. An Ohio man evading the police, entered a Shelbyville Big Foot gas station and took a woman hostage. After shots were fired from inside, police stormed the gas station and the suspect died in the gun fire. The hostage was unharmed.
When things like that happen,"you shift gears," said Boruff who has served for 31 years.
Boruff said even pulling over commercial vehicles for safety checks can be unpredictable.
know what's happening with these trucks," he said.
The purpose of the enforcement blitz was to enhance safety of all drivers and reduce deaths, according to the ISP. Additional joint efforts are planned throughout the year.
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