A unique law enforcement operation provided training in commercial vehicle enforcement and improved the overall safety of Interstate 10 last week as officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), and their counterparts from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the Idaho Highway Patrol (IHP) stopped and inspected 33 commercial vehicles and took 11 of them out of service for severe violations.

The purpose of the operation, which took place from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. near Interstate 10 and Warner Road, was twofold. First, it was designed to provide advanced training to officers in the specialized field of commercial vehicle enforcement. Twenty officers assigned to DPS's award-winning Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau provided the training with the assistance of CHP and IHP officers.

Secondly, the operation was meant to improve the overall safety of the motoring public on the interstate by having the Arizona DPS officers strictly enforce commercial vehicle laws and regulations. As part of their training, officers from the other agencies closely observed the Arizona DPS officers while they conducted their enforcement efforts, which included traffic stops and commercial vehicle inspections.

A total of 33 commercial vehicles were stopped and inspected by Arizona DPS officers during the operation with 11 of those vehicles being placed out-of-service for having a severe violation or a series of severe violations, according to DPS. Most violations that result in a commercial vehicle being placed out-of-service roadside are those that have a direct negative impact on the overall safety of the vehicle and/or ability of the driver to operate the vehicle in safe fashion.

By the time the operation had concluded, participating officers had found and documented over 100 violations on the 33 vehicles that were stopped.

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