Police and DMV issue over 150 warnings to truck drivers on I-81

Published: May. 6, 2019 at 11:19 AM EDT
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A partnership between Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) netted nearly 200 warnings and tickets for commercial drivers along Interstate 81 in a single day.

According to a press release from state police, DMV Motor Carrier Services teamed up with the Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Safety Team to carry out a special safety enforcement initiative from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24.

The operation involved patrols on I-81, as well as inspections conducted at the Motor Carrier Service Center at mile marker 304 in Stephens City.

Police say the initiative was focused on commercial vehicle traffic, which, according to VDOT, accounts for 20 to 30 percent of the traffic volume on I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley. Of the nearly 2,000 crashes on Virginia's stretch of I-81 a year, over 25% involve heavy trucks.

On April 24, the initiative by troopers and DMV agents resulted in 37 commercial vehicles and 5 commercial drivers being placed out of service.

All together, police say they and the DMV issued 161 warnings and 37 tickets. Of the tickets, 27 were for equipment violations and 4 were for violations of commercial driver's license requirements.

The equipment violations ranged from defective brakes or lighting to missing equipment to registration. In addition, 24 commercial vehicles were cited for being overweight.