Two trucks were taken out of service Thursday and nearly 80 citations were issued when a North Hills enforcement task force patrolled Route 19 from Pittsburgh to the Butler County line and McKnight Road, according to a press release from Northern Regional Police Officer Scott Rick.
The Allegheny County District Attorney Regional Vehicle Inspection Task Force worked from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., looking for vehicle and truck violations.
Three arrests were made—two for active warrants and one for possession of a controlled substance, Rick wrote in the press release.
Police from 15 departments, working together on the task force, made 78 traffic stops for vehicle/truck violations.
Certified inspectors also completed nine Level 1 commercial vehicle inspections, which are done to ensure the vehicle is in proper working condition and the driver is fit to operate it.
Here is a breakdown of the 78 citations/warnings that were issued:
13 for securing-the-load violations,
4 safety-chain violations,
11 vehicle-equipment violations,
22 inspection/registration violations and
5 operator suspensions—one was DUI related.
Also, 23 citations/warnings were issued for various vehicle-code violations.
This is the 22nd event for the Vehicle Inspection Task Force, which includes police departments from (Pine, Marshall, Bradford Woods and Richland), McCandless, Hampton, Fox Chapel, Ohio Township, Indiana, Etna, Franklin Park, Reserve, , O’Hara, Shaler, Millvale, and West Deer.
To date, 1,442 traffic stops have been made, 315 commercial vehicle inspections completed, 1,119 citations and 685 warnings have been issued.
The task force was established after a fatal 2006 crash in which an unsecured wood chipper broke loose from a truck and plowed into a minivan on Route 8 in Richland Township, killing three people. Click here for a story.