Arizona DPS to head Operation Southern Shield - Tucson News Now

Arizona DPS to head Operation Southern Shield

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Operation Southern Shield will be taking place along I-10 February 27 and 28, as Arizona Department of Public Safety officers enforce laws pertaining to commercial traffic.

DPS officers and agents from several other agencies will be enforcing state and federal laws that pertain to commercial traffic.  According to Arizona DPS this means violations of ‘hours of service' in driver logbooks.  These violations can lead to driver's fatigue and an increase in crashes.

Other areas of focus will be on education, of both commercial drivers and other motorists, with subjects like where ‘blind spots' are on larger eighteen wheelers, and other hazards drivers need to avoid. 

Operation Southern Shield will take place along I-10 from Casa Grande to the New Mexico border. 

In 2011, 759 commercial trucks were inspected along the route, leading to 80 drivers and 73 trucks being placed out of service.  While in 2012, 792 trucks were inspected, leading to 119 drivers and 63 trucks being placed out of service.

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