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CHP to target commercial vehicle violations

April 10, 2001

The California Highway Patrol will be out in force Wednesday targeting truck-related violations in a statewide commercial enforcement day.

"All available officers will be on the road to ensure commercial vehicle drivers are observing the rules of the road," stated Lt. Mike Henry, commander of the CHP's Winterhaven area, in a press release.

Officers will be watching especially for driving under the influence violations, sleepy or fatigued drivers, following too closely, excessive speed and unsafe turning.

"Our goal is to reduce the number of people killed and injured in truck collisions," Henry said. "In 1999 approximately one of every 10 fatal traffic crashes in California involved a truck."

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Officers will be on the lookout for automobiles making unsafe lane changes in front of trucks.

"Motorists need to remember the truck's limitations in stopping and maneuvering," Henry said.

In addition to road enforcement, all commercial inspection facilities will be focusing on driver-related violations such as licenses, log books and DUI, Henry said.

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