NBCRightNow.com - Washington State Patrol is cracking down on drivers spending too much time behind the wheel.
In an attempt to
reduce the number of fatigued commercial vehicle drivers on our roads, the
Washington State Patrol's (WSP) Commercial Vehicle Division (CVD) is partnering
with Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia authorities to improve highway safety.
WSP troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers are in the midst of an
enforcement emphasis focused on commercial vehicle driver's hours of service.
Officers will stop and cite drivers who exceed their maximum allowable time
behind the wheel.
The emphasis patrols will run
through August 21.
During the emphasis, Washington
will open all truck scales throughout the state as staffing allows, and conduct
roving patrols to inspect trucks and drivers who attempt to avoid the inspection
sites by traveling on bypass routes.
Washington, Oregon, Idaho and
British Columbia will share data and information during the emphasis to help
verify the hours of service of drivers suspected of exceeding their time behind
the wheel or altering their driver log books.