I-81 Enforcement Blitz Puts 37 CMVs And 5 Drivers Out Of Service
Stephens City, Virginia – A recent enforcement blitz along Interstate 81 conducted by Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles resulted in 37 commercial vehicles and 5 drivers being placed out of service.
In a release on Tuesday, May 7, officials provided more details about their one day blitz which was conducted on Wednesday, April 24.
DMV Motor Carrier Services along with the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team and Area 13 troopers conducted the joint safety initiative from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Authorities said the focus was on commercial vehicles which, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), accounts for 20 to 30% of the traffic volume on I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley.
Of the nearly 2,000 crashes on Virginia’s stretch of I-81 each year, over 25% involve heavy trucks.
Participation in the operation involved I-81 patrols and inspections being conducted at the Motor Carrier Service Center at the 304 mile marker on I-81 in Stephens City.
According to officials, the safety enforcement blitz resulted in 37 commercial vehicles and 5 drivers being placed out of service.
Combined, state police and DMV Size and Weight Compliance Agents issued 161 warnings and 37 tickets.
Of those tickets, 27 were for equipment violations and four were for violations of commercial driver’s license requirements.
Equipment violations ranged from defective brakes or lighting to missing equipment and registration.
In addition, 24 commercial vehicles were cited for being overweight.