The Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Unit assigned to Northern Virginia conducted its annual commercial-vehicle safety blitz Sept. 14 to 16, which was concentrated on Routes 1, 15, 17 and 234 and Interstates 66, 95 and 495 in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun and Prince William counties.
Troopers conducted 208 commercial-motor-vehicle safety inspections, including 28 hazardous-materials-vehicle inspections. State police found 376 violations and placed 32 commercial vehicles and 21 drivers out of service. To return to service, any vehicle citations had to be corrected or fixed and drivers had to be in compliance with federal and state laws.
“The results of this enforcement initiative are indicative of the extraordinary efforts the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Unit troopers put forth every day across the commonwealth to make our highways safer,” said Capt. Sean Stewart, State Police Safety Division commander. “This initiative specifically concentrated on those areas where we receive the most citizen concerns about safe commercial-vehicle traffic. Ensuring all vehicles sharing Virginia’s highways are safe and legally compliant with state and federal laws is imperative to the prevention of traffic crashes, injuries and deaths.”