Truck Safety Crackdown Nets Nearly 15,000 Violations

State commercial vehicle inspectors issued nearly 15,000 violations during the first two months of Connecticut’s ongoing crackdown on unsafe commercial vehicles on state highways.

State officials say 14,777 violations have been issued, including tickets for following too closely, making unsafe lane changes, and speeding. The citations could result in potential fines of $1.8 million, said officials.

Governor M. Jodi Rell ordered State Police and the Department of Motor Vehicles to launch the crackdown starting August 2 after several major crashes involving commercial trucks caused injuries, deaths, and headaches for commuters.

“We continue to send a clear message to truck operators: Connecticut does not tolerate those who speed, make unsafe lane changes or tailgate,” Governor Rell said. “People in Connecticut are fed up with dangerous driving.”

According to figures from the Governor’s Office, the first two months of the crackdown resulted in the following violations:

·        502 Speeding/Reckless Driving Violations

·        142 Violations for Driving in the Left Lane

·        800 Overweight Truck Violations

·        209 Oversize Vehicle Violations

·        142 Driver’s License Violations

·        1,335 Logbook Violations

·        244 Registration Violations

·        2,086 Violations for Defective Lights

·        2,074 Violations for Defective Brakes

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