Officer Jared Newberry
Public Affairs Officer
CVE Regional Office
Kentucky State Police
3545 Roger E. Schupp Street
Louisville, KY 40205
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KSP Participates in National Passenger Carrier Strike Force
Date of News Release: 08/18/2012
Louisville, KY (Aug 18, 2012) On August 13 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) kicked off the 2012 National Passenger Carrier Strike Force campaign. The Kentucky State Police along with federal and local law enforcement agencies will be working with the FMCSA to place extra focus on motor coach operations. The goal of the FMCSA is to take unsafe drivers and vehicles off the roadways making the roads safer for the public.
During the 14 day campaign officers and inspectors will conduct driver and vehicle inspections in high volume routes. Such routes may include areas like casinos, theme parks, historical venues, border crossings, and carrier facilities. By placing special emphasis on motor coaches and conducting a high number of motor coach traffic stops, the agencies will discover violations that will take the unsafe drivers and vehicles off the road.
The Kentucky State Police will be doing their part by hosting a number of details across the Commonwealth. These details will place a high number of officers in an area that has high motor coach traffic, allowing the officers the opportunity to stop more motor coaches than they normally would. This will also make the officers highly visible on the interstates and roadways lowering the number of traffic violations from all motorist.
One detail has already produced results. Sergeant Kelly Anderson with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division of KSP region 2 organized a two day detail in Simpson county. During this detail officers stopped and inspected 10 motor coaches, discovering 19 violations that would result in two drivers being placed out of service and taken off the road. "When you can take an unsafe driver who is operating a vehicle with 40 to 60 passengers off the road, it makes you feel good and lets you know that these details can and do work and produce results" said Anderson.
The next detail for region 2 is scheduled for Monday August 20 and Tuesday August 21 at the Bullitt county rest area from 8 am to 4 pm.