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Motor Carrier Safety

Motor Carrier Safety teams ensure that trucks and buses meet all safety requirements when operating on Virginia highways. Troopers assigned to the Motor Carrier Safety program regularly present lectures to the public and other interested groups on motor carrier safety and hazardous materials regulations. They also serve as instructors in criminal justice training academies.

Motor Carrier Safety teams responded to 21 hazardous material spills or incidents in 2010 and conducted 173 post-crash investigations of heavy commercial vehicles involved in accidents.

Data indicates that during 2010, Troopers conducted 38,200 in-depth inspections on heavy commercial vehicles and 7,119 of these, or 19 percent, were placed out of service for violations of regulations governing safety equipment and transportation of hazardous materials.

Field Support -The Safety Division’s sworn employees provided support for local field divisions during all major C.A.R.E. holidays. During 2010, Safety Division troopers had 8,559 arrests/summonses issued, investigated 315 motor vehicle crashes, assisted local law enforcement agencies with the investigation of 216 motor vehicle crashes, and assisted 4,576 disabled motorists.