State Police to Kick-Off Tri-State Truck Enforcement Operation
Throughout the day, Massachusetts State Police CVES troopers will partner with officers from the other two states to conduct commercial vehicle inspections. Additionally, patrols will saturate exit and entry corridors along the state border, focusing on high-risk driving behavior and, with the start of the winter heating oil season approaching, hazardous material safety.
Media are invited to the weigh station between 10 a.m. and noon to learn more about commercial vehicle enforcement efforts in the three states and to observe troopers and officers conducting commercial vehicle inspections. Media will be able to speak to representatives from the participating agencies. In addition to Massachusetts State Troopers, the event will include members of the Rhode Island State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit, the Connecticut State Police Commercial Vehicle Team, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Commercial Vehicle Unit, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
On the two subsequent days, Massachusetts State Police will return the favor and assist the agencies in the other two states with their saturated enforcement efforts. On Wednesday, Sept. 24, the agencies will stage along Route 95 Northbound in West Greenwich, R.I., and on Thursday, Sept. 25, they will stage along Route 84 Westbound in Union, Conn.
In past years, Operation Tri-State has been successful in identifying commercial vehicles in violation of various laws and regulations. Last year's operation resulted in the removal from Tri-State highways of 141 dangerous trucks and 51 drivers, and the issuance of 150 citations. State Police cite targeted enforcement efforts such as Operation Tri-State as a contributing factor in commercial vehicle crash rates in the three states that are well below the national average.