Police Make Safety Inspections on Trucks Pulling Trailers

Task force issues 65 citations for various violations.

For the 18th time since a fatal 2006 crash in which an unsecured wood chipper broke loose from a truck and plowed into a minivan, police joined forces Wednesday to inspect vehicles pulling trailers and cite those that were unsafe.

The North Hills Regional Vehicle Inspection Task Force took eight trucks/trailers out of service for hazardous equipment violations, according to a press release from Northern Regional Police Officer Scott Rick.

The task force made 85 traffic stops for vehicle/truck and trailer violations on the Route 19 corridor from Pittsburgh to the Butler County border, according to the press release.

Police issued 65 citations during the 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. enforcement detail, according to police.

The task force was created in 2006 after the accident on Route 8 in Richland Township that killed a father and two of his triplets.

Northern Regional Police Department coordinated the effort on behalf of the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office, which funded the operation, said Northern Regional Police Chief T. Robert Amann.

"The district attorney was very involved in the investigation when that family was killed," the chief said, referring to the 2006 accident. The driver of the truck pulling the wood chipper pleaded guilty to multiple charges in that case, including involuntary manslaughter. Click here for a story.

More than a dozen police departments participated in Wednesday's inspections, including Northern Regional, which serves Pine, Richland, Marshall and Bradford Woods; McCandless; Hampton Township; Fox Chapel; Franklin Park; Ohio Township; Indiana; West View; O’Hara; West Deer; Shaler; Etna; Millvale; Reserve and Ross.

After the commercial vehicle inspections, 36 vehicle and driver violations were noted with 11 citations issued for major violations.

Of the 65 citations:

5 were for driving under suspension and two of those were DUI related;

9 were for brake violations;

12 were for unsecured load violations;

11 were for trailer equipment violations;

2 were for driving while being put out of service ;

25 were for various vehicle code violations.

One person was arrested for an active warrant.

Since the task force was created five years ago, 1,167 traffic stops have been made with 234 commercial vehicle inspections completed. From that, 940 citations and 622 warnings have been issued, according to Rick's press release.

Parent #2 July 02, 2011 at 12:03 AM
Ever since that terrible 2006 accident, (which has never left my mind), we never drive behind, around, or near vehicles with trailers or hitches like that. You can never be too cautious - terrible things can happen and the citations handed out are proof that you can't trust that everyone is following protocol, laws, and/or just being cautious.
ronmelancon July 02, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Please go to www.dangeroustrailers.org and take note. It has gotten worse. In Virginia The State Police will pass trailers without a breakaway cable!! I have the pictures! Look at this book that Ray LaHood has refused to publish. Even the regional authority doing the inspections have not published a book like this. Go to how we have saved lives download the book!
ronmelancon July 02, 2011 at 11:26 AM
This will say it all...go to this video...I feature the family that was destroyed by the wood http://dangeroustrailersviedos.blogspot.com/2008/01/random-victims-of-negligence.html
ronmelancon July 02, 2011 at 12:26 PM
To get a true sense of what happened back in 2006 we obtained the court document of why the Morrison family was destroyed. See this simply heart wrenching document. http://www.dangeroustrailers.org/uploads/LAtimesmorrison.pdf


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