State Police in Virginia participating in the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's International Roadcheck found 603 equipment and driver violations while inspecting 341 commercial vehicles earlier this month.
The Virginia State Police's Motor Carrier Safety Unit conducted a three-day concentrated enforcement project in nine counties and two cities during May 4-6.
Dubbed the Southwest Virginia Blitz, the inspections resulted in 49 commercial vehicles being placed out of service and 19 drivers being placed out of service.
The MCSU Troopers concentrated their enforcement and inspection efforts on Route 11, Route 220 Alternate, Route 460, and Interstates 77 and 81 in the counties of Buchanan, Tazewell, Bland, Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Bedford, Botetourt and Rockbridge, and the cities of Roanoke and Salem.
"The results of this enforcement initiative are indicative of the extraordinary efforts our Motor Carrier Safety Unit Troopers put forth every day, as they work across the commonwealth to improve passenger and commercial motor vehicle safety on our highways," said Capt. R.C. Maxey Jr., Commander of the Virginia State Police Safety Division.