ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia State Police conducted a widespread three-day enforcement project to improve commercial motor vehicle safety on the roadways.
The Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Unit conducted the project from May 4 through May 6. It stretched from Buchanan to Rockbridge counties.
The commercial motor vehicle safety operation, Southwest Virginia Blitz, resulted in the inspection of 341 commercial vehicles, including 68 hazardous materials inspections, according to Virginia State Police. Furthermore, those inspections led to a total of 603 equipment and driver violations being cited, 49 commercial vehicles being placed out of service, and 19 drivers being placed out of service.
“The results of this enforcement initiative are indicative of the extraordinary efforts our Motor Carrier Safety Unit Troopers put forth every day, as they work across the Commonwealth to improve passenger and commercial motor vehicle safety on our highways,” said Capt. R.C. Maxey Jr., Commander of the Virginia State Police Safety Division.
Troopers concentrated their enforcement and inspection efforts on Route 11, Route 220 Alternate, Route 460, and Interstates 77 and 81 in Buchanan, Tazewell, Bland, Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Bedford, Botetourt, and Rockbridge counties. The project also included the cities of Roanoke and Salem.