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"Operation Trucker Check 17" Reports Nearly 1 in 5 Trucks and Drivers Found with Critical Vehicle or Driver Safety Violations
Sergeant David MacKenzie
Oregon State Police
Motor Carrier Enforcement
(541) 388-6213 ext. 224

Oregon State Police (OSP) reported preliminary statistics following the completion of the 17th "Operation Trucker Check" last week at the Interstate 5 Ashland Port of Entry. The 48-hour around-the-clock interagency effort focused on removing impaired truck drivers and unsafe commercial vehicles from Oregon's roads. Of the 245 inspections, fifteen percent of the vehicles and 16 percent of drivers were placed out-of-service for equipment and driver-related safety violations.

"Operation Trucker Check 17" began 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, September 22nd, and concluded 11:59 p.m. September 23rd, 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. First conducted in 1998 at the Interstate 5 Ashland Port of Entry, the trucker check operations have been held at targeted locations in Oregon each year. This was the first trucker check operation to be held over a two-day (48 hour) period. Other previous operations covered a 72-hour period.

OSP Sergeant Dave MacKenzie reported a total of 245 commercial vehicles were inspected of which 37 (15.1 %) were placed out-of-service for critical safety violations. Forty drivers (16.3 %) 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 17 motor carrier-related citations and 213 warnings.

During the 72-hour "Operation Trucker Check 16" held April 7 – 9, 2009 at the Interstate 5 Woodburn Port of Entry, fifty-three vehicles and 93 drivers were placed out-of-service.

In addition to this operation's commercial vehicle inspections, citations and warnings, officers also reported:
  • Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) contacted 173 drivers being inspected and reported 3 DUII arrests (1 alcohol-related and 2 drug-related)
  • One driver cited for Driving While Suspended
  • Two drivers cited for Unlawful Possession of Alcohol in a Commercial Vehicle

Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT were joined by trained Drug Recognition Evaluators (DREs) from OSP and the following agencies:
Ashland Police Department
Eugene Police Department
Corvallis Police Department
Medford Police Department

ODOT Motor Carrier Transportation Division notes on their website statistics that inspections last year found critical safety violations in 28 percent of vehicles and 19 percent of drivers.
Questions regarding ODOT MCTD statistics and information should be directed to Ms. Sally Ridenour at (503) 986-3359.