The Arizona Department of Public safety conducted “Operation Southern Shield 2015” on February 24-26 on Interstate 10 and Interstate 19.
The three-day operation aimed to reduce commercial vehicle collisions along I-10 from Tucson to the New Mexico State Line and I-19 from Tucson to the Mexican International Border.
Commercial Vehicle officers conducted truck inspections and inspected driver logs for proper documentation and possible over hours violations which lead to driver fatigue.
Anyone drive on Interstate 10 lately? It is scary. A lot of traffic, and A LOT of truck traffic.
The biggest vehicle on the road and they seem to think they own the road. Extra care and caution is needed around the big trucks.
Operation Southern Shield 2015 resulted in 1171 commercial vehicles inspected.
DPS Commercial Vehicle officers found a total of 2,068 vehicle violations and placed 168 commercial vehicles out of service.
Inspections of commercial vehicle drivers found 965 violations. As a result, a total of 132 drivers were placed out of service.
Getting that math? Almost 2 violations per vehicle on average, and 14% of the trucks on Interstate 10 were pulled from the road for safety violations!!!
Additionally, as part of Operation Southern Shield 2015, DPS Commercial Vehicle officers conducted several driver-safety courses.
Officers conducted Driver Awareness Regulation Training (DART) at the Love’s Truck Stop in Benson and at the TTT Truck stop in Tucson.
A total of 143 drivers participated in the training. At Marana High School in Marana and Sahuaro High School in Tucson, officers presented “Share the Road” safety training. A total of 215 driver’s education students received this training.
Commercial Vehicle officers also teamed up with the Wal-Mart “Committed to Safety” team. They presented a safety awareness program and display at the Wal-Mart in Marana.
During the event 350 customers received information and brochures with safe driving tips.
In talking about the success of Operation Southern Shield 2015 Capt. Walter Mercer, the commander of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Southern District, said, “The operation was a huge success.
I want to emphasize that the operation was not solely about law and regulation enforcement but also to educate the commercial vehicle driver so that he/she can contribute to a safe driving environment on our interstates."
Zachar Law Firm represented many families harmed or destroyed by the negligence of interstate truck drivers.
Zachar Law Firm applauds the Arizona Department of Public Safety in these efforts to improve safety on Interstate 10.