Troopers join regional effort to prevent tired motorists

July 17, 2012

By Staff

Washington state troopers and authorities in Oregon and California have joined forces to combat fatigued commercial drivers.

In the effort, Washington State Patrol troopers and officials in the other states check drivers’ hours of services and cite drivers for exceeding the limit.

The states plan to share data during the emphasis period to verify hours of service recorded by drivers of commercial vehicles traveling among the states.

In many crashes, driver fatigue is a factor. The federal government limits the number of consecutive and cumulative hours a commercial driver can operate a vehicle without a rest period.

Washington, Oregon and California troopers and officers check vehicles and drivers at inspection sites. In addition, roving patrols inspect vehicles and drivers attempting to avoid the inspection sites by traveling on bypass routes.

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