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Preliminary Statistics Reported for Operation Trucker Check XV
09/26/2008
Sergeant Dave MacKenzie
Oregon State Police - Bend
Office: (541) 388-6213
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police (OSP) reported this morning that preliminary statistics for 342 inspections resulted in about 1-in-10 vehicles and eleven percent of drivers placed out-of-service for equipment and driver-related safety violations during this week's three-day interagency commercial vehicle inspection that ended a midnight at the Highway 97 Klamath Falls Port of Entry. This inspection and enforcement safety effort involving police, highway department truck safety inspectors and trained Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE), was Oregon's 15th trucker check operation since the program began in 1998 targeting impairment and vehicle safety.

 
Operation Trucker Check XV began 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, September 23rd, and concluded 11:59 p.m. September 25th, involving a team of law enforcement officers and ODOT commercial vehicle inspectors targeting driver impairments related to alcohol, drugs, or fatigue, and vehicle equipment safety. Participating agencies included Oregon State Police, ODOT-Motor Carrier Transportation Division, Albany Police Department, Tualatin Police Department and Klamath Falls Police Department. Trained DRE officers and K9 officers worked with truck inspectors targeting operator impairment.

 
OSP Sergeant Dave MacKenzie reported a total of 342 commercial vehicles were inspected of which 31 (9%) were placed out-of-service for critical safety violations. Thirty-six (11%) drivers were also placed out-of-service for assorted safety violations including excessive driving hours, log book deficiencies, and driver qualification issues. Officers and inspectors issued 34 motor carrier-related citations and 327 warnings. In addition to commercial vehicle inspections and related citations and warnings, officers reported:
  • Four commercial drivers arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII)
  • A fifth person driving a passenger car was arrested for DUII while driving near the Port of Entry site
  • Three charges for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
  • One charge for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • One driver cited for Driving While Suspended
  • Three drivers determined to be too fatigued to continue driving without adequate rest
 
During the last Operation Trucker Check held April 15 – 17, 2008 at the Farewell Bend Port of Entry westbound Interstate 84 in the Huntington area, 12 percent of commercial vehicles were placed out of service and 14 percent of the drivers were placed out of service. There were no DUII arrests during that operation.
 
ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division notes on their website statistics that 20 percent of commercial vehicles inspected in Oregon last year were placed out of service for critical safety violations. Fourteen percent of drivers inspected last year were placed out of service.
 
Additional Oregon truck-related information and statistics is available at www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT/SAFETY.shtml.