The strike force will also target passenger vehicles that interact unsafely with commercial vehicles. Counties targeted will be McMullen and Dimmit.
Deployment of the strike force in McMullen county will cover SH-16, SH-72 and county roads. In Dimmit county US 83, US 277, SH-85 and all roadways which has been identified as having high concentrations of unsafe commercial vehicles and/or drivers.
The DPS will implement two waves in October 2012. Wave 1 will start Oct. 24-26 with the second wave from Oct. 29-31. Although Texas has experienced a reduction in commercial vehicle related crashes over the last few years, we continue to maintain the unenviable distinction of leading the nation in these types of crashes. The oilfield boom has resulted in a significant increase in commercial vehicle traffic in these counties. Commercial vehicles transporting oilfield equipment and hazardous materials to job site locations have accelerated damage to highways in these counties. Complaints of reckless driving behavior by commercial vehicle operators require prompt action to combat CVE and passenger vehicles crashes.
With these enforcement strike force operations, personnel will enhance inspection activities of commercial vehicles and drivers on designated highways and routes with high concentrations of unsafe commercial vehicles drivers on highways with known criminal activity involving commercial vehicles.
Inspection activities will include the enforcement of overweight/size violations, registration and permit violation, hazardous material violations, and traffic enforcement violation of aggressive CMV drivers such as speeding, unsafe lane change, following too close and any and all other violations.
These operations will ultimately improve highway safety by targeting unsafe commercial vehicles, and passenger vehicles interacting unsafely with commercial vehicles.
Total personnel for the strike force includes 42 DPS Trooper and four supervisors.