DPS operation puts 140 trucks out of service

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By Arizona Department of Public Safety By Arizona Department of Public Safety
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- After a three-day special enforcement detail in Flagstaff, 140 commercial vehicles were placed out of service for mechanical violations.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety teamed up with three other departments from June 4-6 to pull over commercial trucks along Interstate 40. They inspected the vehicles' mechanical components and drivers' credentials.

This operation is done throughout the year, focusing on a different area of Arizona each time.

The number of vehicles placed out of service was higher than expected; normally, it's around 100, said Carrick Cook, a DPS officer and spokesman.

"This is a good way for us to interact in large volumes with commercial vehicle drivers," said Cook. "We see 6 percent of total crashes on the highway involving commercial vehicles, which is a low number, and we're happy about that."

DPS also conducted Driver Awareness Regulation Training (Operation DART) at two truck stops in Flagstaff. The training was available to anyone who came by, giving up-to-date information on rules and regulations for truck drivers. There was also information for non-commercial drivers about how to properly interract with commercial trucks on the highways.